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Community Conversation – Understanding Whiteness

Thank you for your attendance and/or interest in the Conflict Transformation Weave’s Community Conversation – Understanding Whiteness on Friday 19th November 2021.  

I know many more of you were interested in this Conversation than were able to attend.

We began looking at these Books

In A Race is a Nice Thing to Have, Dr Janet Helms explores 6 lenses of whiteness, through which we interpret racial events, race and racism; and how important it is for white people to understand and free themselves from the ‘rules of whiteness.

She advocates asking the question ‘How is racism playing out in our organisation or network?’

In What white people can do next, Emma Dabiri discusses how overly focusing on ‘performative allyship’ and worrying about saying or doing the wrong thing replaces the solidarity we need.  She explores how we need to be talking about class, capitalism and sources of oppression.  She advocates building a coalition around shared interests, figuring out people’s material needs and working together to organise a workplace or community.

Here is a short video (15 mins) with the framing of the evening.  You also get the questions.

Slides shared are here.

The questions we asked about how white supremacy is showing out in our contexts and organisations are helpful for ongoing reflection.

We are going to co-host an Understanding Whiteness Study Group beginning in January 2022 on these dates Once a month
Sunday 30th January 10am – 11.30am
Sunday 27th February 10am – 11.30am
Sunday 27th March 10am – 11.30am
April – June date tbc

More info here

Register interest here