Social justice is a labour of love. The problem is that we haven’t been taught how to love in a healthy way.
As a person of colour, I saw that healing our world from racial trauma requires the people around me who are white-bodied to come from a place of self-acceptance rather than shame. Relying on shame to understand social justice work produces co-dependent care-taking patterns that are ultimately against the spirit of liberation that we all need.
Like any other relationship, the co-dependent pattern has to be broken on both sides by everyone doing their own healing work.
In my observation of social justice communities I felt that there was a great need for white-bodied people to have space held for them to explore the issues that come from inheriting whiteness, not for the sake of others, but for themselves. I also felt that it would be invaluable for white-bodied people to have this process supported and witnessed by a person of colour in a non-judgemental way and help them accept their histories, cultures and bodies.
As a person of colour I understand myself to have an immense amount of spiritual privilege and this is my way of contributing to the cessation of racial trauma.
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Am I going to get called out?
This workshop is not about educating white people on how to behave in regards to racism. It is about creating an opportunity for white people to explore their pain for their own sake.
This can have the positive effect of white people being able to participate in anti-racism in a way that is authentic and healing.
I’m interested but I feel guilty about accessing this workshop. Isn’t it racist for me to take out my problems in front of a non-white person?
While you may first respond with feelings of guilt in having a person of colour to hold space for you, please know that I am consenting to holding space and very happy to do so in exchange for a monetary contribution.
I feel uncomfortable about this. It feels like buying a pass on racism.
It’s up to you to get the most out of the experience. There is no pass because I can’t give you anything that you didn’t take the courage to learn about yourself. I am just holding the space and guiding the process from a place of love.
I would like to learn how to not be seen as racist by others. Can you help me with that?
The focus of this workshop is on healing white-ness. It’s not about others, whether it is to help them or be seen as more acceptable to them. I believe that when white people work on self-love for their white bodies, the rest will flow easily.