On the 23rd August 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm CURB will begin the ﬁrst of a series of two-hour monthly workshops/dialogues around “what it means to be white and white racial identity.”
A CURB spokesperson said: “The workshops will be based on the work of Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D. author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It. The workshops will involve dialogue and experiential learning environments and are for white folk and those who self-identify as white who wish to build a socially just and equitable society in Bermuda by more fully understanding the social construct of race.
“The workshops will raise awareness of our multiple social identities and explore how these shape our lives and our racial justice work as white people; recognize our personal experiences of oppression while maintaining accountability for our white privilege; and seek to understand the interlocking, interdependent nature of our multiple social identities.
“Participants will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be white and will examine our relationship to our white identity. The initial workshop will seek to build community amongst attendees and will provide a framework so that participants can more fully understand the terminology used around discussions about race.
“Further workshops will discuss the concept of white assimilation; the social construction of white racial identity; the process of assimilation to Whiteness for European immigrants to Bermuda and their descendants; and help people explore ways we deal with assimilation within ourselves and our families.
“Discussions will explore what it means to have white privilege and how it functions within the larger system; how to identify the ways white privilege operates throughout our individual lives; how white privilege and unconscious systemic racism may manifest in organizations; and how white people consciously and unconsciously act out white privilege; plus share tools and build skills that can help us challenge white privilege.
“Participants will examine how to identify the emotions that arise as part of racial justice work; and how these emotions, although heartfelt, can interfere with white racial justice practice. Guilt is a heartfelt response to raised awareness about racism and the historical legacies of slavery, segregation and discrimination. However, guilt is a place to visit, not a place to live. Guilt and shame limits our ability to be effective and make concrete steps towards both internal and societal change.
“The workshop will provide opportunities through experiential and collective learning to build community and skills for effective racial justice practice with other white folks; and will also discuss how to reach out to people of colour to have meaningful and authentic conversations.
“We hope that these workshops will create an environment for powerful personal discovery, build and sustain authentic relationships and raise awareness of the importance of active individual and group racial justice work.
“For the purposes of this workshop the term “white” is used to describe a socially constructed racial group made up of Europeans and their white descendants who live in Bermuda.
“CURB encourages participants to attend all the workshops, as each workshop will build on the previous. However, they are being offered as separate workshops for those who have difﬁculty making every workshop.
“CURB will offer Continuing Education Units for these workshops. Please contact the CURB ofﬁce at 542 2872 or email email@example.com for further information and to register.”
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