Workshop on Race & White Privilege
I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?!
Monday, April 24, 2017
7-9 P.M. at Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin Street
*accessible entrance at rear of the building; parking across the street
White privilege? Racism? You’re not talking about me, are you? No, not just you, but everyone in the white community. Irving shares how her own white-skewed belief system enabled her to affirm harmful and tense racial patterns for decades rather than question and dismantle them. Together we will explore white privilege and our own, often subconscious roles in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. The workshop includes time for Q&A, reflection and dialog. The event is free, but we request an RSVP for space planning purposes:
Irving is the author of the book, Waking Up White. Her story provides a context that allows white people to quickly grasp modern racism’s inner workings and enter into conversations with new awareness and skill. It’s the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. “When I finally came to understand the way racism worked,” she explains, “I spent a lot of time thinking about what might have enlightened me earlier. I decided it wouldn’t have been an academic book, an essay, or a book from the perspective of a person of color—it would have been another white person describing their own awakening, with some humor, poignancy, and drama in the mix. What I needed was a memoir so irresistible that I would have read it even if racism weren’t on my mind.”
The workshop is offered by the Highlands Congregational Church and the White People Challenging Racism alumni group. The Highlands Church is a progressive Christian community that follows the path of Jesus as we seek to embody his love in the world. The church participates in service and outreach projects and seeks to embody peacemaking in the community. White People Challenging Racism is a workshop offered here in Melrose (and throughout the Boston region) by volunteers to support people in their journey of learning about white privilege, and moving from talk to action.