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Community Conversation on Understanding whiteness to end white supremacy
November 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This conversation will be exploring our understanding of whiteness to end white supremacy and how your NVC practice can support collective liberation.
We will use these two conversations as a basis for our discussion so please listen to them before you come.
- “A Race is a Nice Thing to Have” w/ Dr. Janet E. Helms (US context) in discussion with Maryam M. Jernigan-Noesi (1 hr 22 mins)
- Emma Dabiri in discussion (1 hour) with Ellie Mae O’Hagan (UK & Ireland context)
Emma Dabiri’s book is also worth reading. What white people can do next by Emma Dabiri
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?’
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.