As a white person committed to racial justice, this situation may sound familiar.
You’re sitting in a room with people of color talking about racism and social justice.
You know enough about white supremacy to not to take up all the space in the room.
Too often, you’ve seen white people focus on how upsetting noticing racism is for them personally – as opposed to focusing on the daily trauma and actual impact on people of color and what needs to be done to stop it.
And you definitely don’t want to do that!
But you’re also not quite sure when or how you can process your feelings around white supremacy or if it’s even ok to. And all of that keeps getting in the way of you knowing how to take action.
This in-between space of no longer wanting to be part of the problem, but still fumbling with understanding how to be a part of the solution, can lead you to feeling:
- Guilty about how you benefit from white privilege but not knowing how to give it up
- Confused about what to do but not wanting to ask and show your ignorance
- Afraid of accidentally perpetuating white privilege so you remain quiet
- Defensive when people call you out for racism since you’re trying your best
- Wanting to distance yourself from those “bad” obviously racist white people
This happens a lot but you don’t have to stay stuck there!
To help with this situation, Everyday Feminism is offering a free online workshop, “Healing from Toxic Whiteness to Better Fight for Racial Justice.”
You’ll learn how to free yourself from toxic whiteness to develop an anti-racist white identity, by getting:
- The four core pains that drive all of the outrage, denial, guilt, and fear preventing white people from taking action for racial justice – including and especially for yourself.
- A completely new way of looking at white supremacy – as something that has caused pain, suffering, and trauma across generations of white people in addition to people of color.
- A powerful mindfulness practice that will help you get in touch with that pain and suffering, and how to take care of and release it with compassion.
- How to transform your interactions with other white people by connecting your ability to work with your own pain with ability to work with other white people’s resistance to taking action.
(Even if you can’t make it, register here anyway. You’ll get the video recording later!)
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific
Duration: 90 minutes
Hope to see you there!