Saturday, February 16th, 9:30am-12:30pm
white People Building Anti-White Supremacy Culture Workshop with Rebecca Gilgen
In this workshop people who identify as white will explore how whiteness showsup in their lives, how white supremacy shapes their identity, and build consensuson what a white identity without white supremacy would be. This workshop wasdeveloped based on the work of Resmaa Menakem, MSW LICSW, in which hesuggests that to heal racial trauma white people need to re-create, re-imaginewhite culture that does not include white supremacy. He goes on further to saythat “If America is to grow out of white-body supremacy, the transformation mustlargely be held by white American’s. This transformation cannot primarily rely onnew laws, policies, procedures, standards, and strategies. We’ve already seenhow these are no match for our culture.” (My Grandmothers Hands, p262-263).Space is limited to 10 individuals; registration will open Monday, January 14th.
Rebecca Gilgen MSW has been a part of the common ground community since2015. She is a social worker engaged in systems disruption, healing andtransformation. She humbly approaches this work not as a skilled trainer, orracial equity expert, but rather as a member of the white community, skilled inTechnology of Participation facilitation methods, curious and eager to explorewith other members of the white community “Can we play a role in re-namingwhite culture?
Participants must agree to the following: We all identify racially as “white”, We recognize and own that in our white supremacist society we arepositioned to be at the top of the racial hierarchy because of slavery,genocide and institutionalized oppression that results in our privilege, We realize we benefit from injustice and that this evokes guilt, shame andisolation, We agree that we can no longer be complicit in the oppression of othersbased on race... We agree that we will use the results of this culture conversation to shiftour actions, behaving in a way that seeks justice for every person We agree that to begin we need to re-define the social construct of “white”to include the truths we have just named, and we agree that today, we will embark on a creative process to developa new “answer” to the question, ‘what is white racial identity? An answerthat, in this moment, attempts to free itself from white supremacy.