Beyond the Culture of Separation: Whiteness and the Embodiment of a New Story
Are you feeling alarmed by the rise in racism and white supremacy in recent times?
Are you a white person wondering what you can do to respond to the current moment?
Do you feel alone and isolated in confronting these issues, but unsure how to get connected to like-minded people?
Are you hesitant to put yourself out there because you’re worried you don’t know enough and fear being shamed for your lack of awareness?
Are you looking for a space in which to honestly explore the ways in which, as white people, we are all implicated in the conditions that made this moment possible?
Are you looking for a conversation that moves beyond intellectual analysis to personal and collective healing?
If any of these questions resonate for you, our program may be what you’re looking for. In this highly interactive 8-week class for white-identified people*, we use multiple learning modalities, including multimedia, mindfulness, and a variety of movement-based activities to create a supportive learning community. We unpack the old stories of whiteness that inform our society and our personal lives, and begin to imagine a new way of being human together. We believe real change requires more than changing our individual attitudes or reforming our laws and institutions (both of which are necessary). Creating a racially just society will also require changing the implicit beliefs, mental models, and cultural narratives that shape our attitudes as well as our institutions.
Topics covered in this class include: how our personal histories intersect with larger currents of US history, from settler colonialism to gentrification, how to understand white supremacy, as a culture, as a system, and as a collective wound, how we can learn to bear witness to the pain and suffering racism enacts on people of color, and, finally, how racism impacts our own personal and collective well-being.
Next offering Wednesdays: Sept 27 – Nov 15, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm.
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