Engaging in Difficult Conversations: How to Talk to Other White People about Race, Racism, and White Supremacy
*In this 90 minute workshop, we will share tools and practice skills that can allow white folks to stay in relationship and have more effective conversations with other white people in our lives.
* We will offer an opportunity to practice some of the skills we'll be sharing. You will be able to practice having a difficult conversation or responding to a troubling statement, so please show up with a question/statement/scenario you would like to practice!
* Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs that we should know about, and we will work with you to get those needs met.
* We want to take an opportunity to explain why AWARE and WP4BL are, generally speaking, white spaces. For most people, that seems strange at first; it feels like segregation; maybe it even seems racist. Of course we would never turn anyone away, however, we acknowledge that this space is often one where white folks are in the process of unlearning racism and discovering the ways we uphold white supremacy. We gather as a white anti-racist community so that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) do not have to bear the burden of educating us. It is also a space for white people to stumble and make mistakes, without subjecting BIPOC to further undue trauma. We just want you to know that this workshop was designed for white people who want to engage in difficult conversations about race & racism with their white friends and family. We have specifically invited white folks to practice having messy conversations with other white folks, so that might be uncomfortable and even potentially harmful for folks who do not identify as white or as having white privilege. That being said, we do not bar anyone from any of our spaces. It's totally up to you! We just want to be transparent about the space you'll be in if you do decide to join us.