The Reparations Action Working Group will be hosting two age cohort Black Caucus healing spaces for the BYM community. These events are specifically designed to create a respite, space to share thoughts, ideas, and experiences with one another, and a safe space to heal.
In addition to a healing space, this caucus will provide a space for conversations that we will use to discuss our understanding of language and experience as it relates to being Black in BYM. Further, we will seek to understand each of our unique experiences in order to unearth what a truly effective Reparations Action Working Group could do for the entire community. This will help ensure that the Reparations Action Working Group centers Black voices and does our work in an anti-racist way.
Who is this for? Anti-racist work is about making space for marginalized groups. Creating this space will ensure that there is room for Friends to speak who are not always in the room. We cannot have effective conversations about reparations if people do not want to acknowledge race and racism. This group is closed for Black Friends and People of Color only. We will allow all BIPOC to join us, however we will center the stories and experiences of Black people while on the call.
If you are white and feel that you should be in this room, please check your privilege and hold space to reflect about how you will spend time sitting out of this very important Black conversation. Even more, if you want to gather with each other to discuss it, you may, but we will not take up time in this discussion debating vs. educating folks about skin color, colorism, or what Black means. These semantic arguments prevent progress and if we are arguing, amongst ourselves or as a community, we will never get to the part of the conversation where we can commit to a reparations movement. White supremacy wins when we argue amongst ourselves while oppression continues.
We look forward to building a space together to talk about what it means to be Black inside the BYM community.
For questions, please contact Nikki Richards at email@example.com
. These sessions will be facilitated by Missy Smith/QueenEarth; bio here: http://www.queenearth.com/