In order to show up as effectively as possible in the work to dislodge white supremacy in this country, white people must understand the historical context of racism, and the ways in which we have benefited and continue to benefit from an inequitable system.
One privilege of this system is that white people are free to ignore the call to wrestle with what it means to be white. In fact, to defend this privilege, we are taught that it is polite to be "color blind." This is a problem that ultimately allows many white people to deny the existence of these inequities all together. As a result, white people uphold a system that perpetuates daily trauma in Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities.
The ignorance of white people also means that we have not learned to deeply listen to the diverse voices of Black and brown people, or to fully engage in complex conversations about race. Fundamentally changing how we understand the impact and responsibility of whiteness is an ongoing practice of honesty and humility.
In this group we will:
Process the historical context of whiteness and white supremacy
Listen to a range of Black and brown voices using historical and contemporary videos and articles
Move through common responses of shame, defensiveness, and overwhelm
Identify ongoing, anti-racist action steps to integrate into the way we live