Participating in an Interrogating Whiteness study group, professional development program or individual course of study advances racial justice by:
understanding the construction of the mythology of whiteness and its complicity in U.S. settler-colonialism including genocide, land theft and slavery
practicing how to move through our learned white fragility that prevents us from truly engaging on race
planning for how we will break white solidarity in large and small ways to change everything from our daily interactions to the systems and structures where we exert power
continually reflecting on our progress, our blindspots, accepting feedback so we may repeat all of the above
‘My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it. . .’
Abraham Lincoln, from a letter to Horace Greeley, August 22nd, 1862
‘The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism—the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. . . .’
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States
All of our programs are uniquely designed for the participants we have the privilege to work with on interrogating whiteness. The descriptions below are intended to give an overview of what is possible. All of our programs are rooted in our values of humility, accountability, interdependence and intersectional justice. We look forward to working directly with you to craft in partnership.
Whether you’d like to work organization or company-wide or set up small group/s to participate, Interrogating Whiteness is a critical part of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Often, organizations and companies report being ‘stuck’ making progress on DEI goals and lament their Board and senior management teams have not changed over time. Interrogating Whiteness offers a needed lens through which these initiatives can be advanced.
Individual journeys are also important and we can work with you to develop a course of study that suits your needs, timing, and amount of content.
Interrogating Whiteness partners with many kinds of community groups to design and implement a ‘course’ suited to their needs. The course will include readings, discussion guides, self-reflection prompts, and evaluations. Based on the particular group and the identified needs, our team will work with you on calendar and timeline alongside appropriate content. Examples of groups include book clubs, parent/family organizations, and neighborhood groups.
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