Roots Deeper Than Whiteness

Roots Deeper Than Whiteness
 -building emotional strength & political clarity for collective liberation -

Sundays, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20
4:00PM - 6:30 PM Pacific Time

(Sessions will be recorded. Live attendance is not mandatory.)

Sliding Scale $80 - $280 (No one turned away for lack of funds)

Facilitated by: Eleanor Hancock & David Dean

This is a workshop organized by our friends at White Awake, an organization working to fight white supremacy by organizing white identified people. We encourage all of our white identifying community members to check it out!

“If you don’t know who you are, society will tell you, and then you are lost.” 
– Emilio Guerrera

In the current historical moment, with multiple crises coming to a head, white people have a pressing need to connect with our basic humanity and separate ourselves from the status-quo-supporting roles we are socialized and manipulated to play.

Roots Deeper than Whiteness is White Awake’s annual foundations course, designed to help white people reject the role we have been groomed to fill and build a healthy sense of self rooted in liberatory knowledge and practice. Many of our other online courses expand on the three essential themes that are covered in the Roots Deeper curriculum: developing emotional resilience and an innate, political wisdom; connecting personal and family stories to a broader historical and political analysis; and familiarization with basic elements of solidarity-based action for positive social change.

This is a good course for white folks at all stages of political development, whether you are new to anti-racism or have years of experience in activism, organizing, and/or working class politics. It is also a great introduction to White Awake’s work, and can be a powerful curriculum for group engagement.

The goal of the class is to support your (or your group’s) engagement in multiracial, solidarity-based organizing for a world where everyone thrives. In service of this goal, the course offers:

  • A broad political analysis that prioritizes solidarity (i.e., “we are all in this together”) and uncovers the centuries-long use of racism as a tool of the most powerful to divide and control the rest of us
  • Historical understanding of the creation of white racial identity, and the opportunity to reflect on what was lost when our families assimilated into it (including the loss of ethnic identity and radical political tradition)
  • Hidden histories of resistance, self-determination and multi-racial movements for social change that we can claim and carry forward
  • Tools to help understand and care for your emotions so that you can respond rather than react in emotionally charged situations
  • Support for creating an action plan to build on the work of this class and personally engage in the work of social change 
* Because "Roots Deeper than Whiteness" focuses on the legacy and socialization of white identity as it is experienced by people socially categorized as white, live sessions of this course will be held as a white identity caucus. For more information, see our ground rules for live session participation.*

For registration and more information, including information about CE credits and more, check out their page here or click the registration button above. 
Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 6 & Nov 20
4-6:30 PM PT
White Awake ·


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