white People Building Anti-White Supremacy Culture Workshop with Rebecca Gilgen
this workshop is full, but you can get on the waitlist below.
In this workshop people who identify as white will explore how whiteness shows up in their lives, how white supremacy shapes their identity, and build consensus on what a white identity without white supremacy would be. This workshop was developed based on the work of Resmaa Menakem, MSW LICSW, in which he suggests that to heal racial trauma white people need to re-create, re-imagine white culture that does not include white supremacy. He goes on further to say that “If America is to grow out of white-body supremacy, the transformation must largely be held by white American’s. This transformation cannot primarily rely on new laws, policies, procedures, standards, and strategies. We’ve already seen how these are no match for our culture.” (My Grandmothers Hands, p262-263).Space is limited to 10 individuals.
Rebecca Gilgen MSW has been a part of the common ground community since 2015. She is a social worker engaged in systems disruption, healing and transformation. She humbly approaches this work not as a skilled trainer, or racial equity expert, but rather as a member of the white community, skilled in Technology of Participation facilitation methods, curious and eager to explore with other members of the white community “Can we play a role in re-naming white culture?
Participants must agree to the following:We all identify racially as “white”,We recognize and own that in our white supremacist society we are positioned 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 and isolation,We agree that we can no longer be complicit in the oppression of others based on race...We agree that we will use the results of this culture conversation to shift our actions, behaving in a way that seeks justice for every personWe 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 develop a new “answer” to the question, ‘what is white racial identity? An answer that, in this moment, attempts to free itself from white supremacy.