Me and White Supremacy Workshop
May 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
May 25 – June 29, 2022
9:00 – 11:00 am PT / 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET
(Six online sessions via Zoom video conferencing)
“Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. Many excellent books cover similar ground, but few are as bracingly honest and well organized for readers to process…” –Goodreads
You are invited to take deep dive with a group of curious, compassionate and committed members of EAN as we get in touch with our role and responsibility to “combat racism, change the world and become a good ancestor” as Layla F. Saad offers through her book, Me and White Supremacy. We will work through Saad’s book posing questions, working through journaling, and community dialogue.
“Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book provides historical and cultural contexts, shares moving stories and anecdotes, and includes definitions, examples, and further resources.” –Layla F. Saad
This is deeply personal and interpersonal work…
- To show up, be vulnerable and be committed to change.
- Do the work. Come fully prepared, which includes daily reading and journaling.
- 1-2 hours a day to reflect and journal
- 2-hour weekly meeting with the whole group
- Weekly meeting: 30 minutes to one-hour meeting with a dyad partner
All sessions are on Wednesdays at 9:00 – 11:00 am PT / 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET
|Orientation||May 25||Prep: read Part I, define “White Supremacy”, format to be used, guidelines, etc.|
|Session 1||June 1||The Basics, with daily questions/journaling|
|Session 2||June 8||Anti-Blackness, racial stereotypes, and cultural|
appropriation, with daily questions/journaling
|Session 3||June 15||Allyship, with daily questions/journaling|
|Session 4||June 22||Power, relationships and commitments, with daily|
|Session 5||June 29||Now what? Continuing the work beyond the 28 days; appreciations and celebrations|
What people have to say about taking this workshop:
“Taking a deep dive into my relationship to race has opened many doors for me to become more aware of the impact of my thoughts and actions/non-actions across the board. The veil of unspoken, subtle, nuanced and hidden truths of systemic racism (sexism, ageism etc.) has been raised to the point that I feel them in my heart and body.” –Melissa Ribner, EAN member
“I am more conscious of the power advantage I have simply by being white. I pay more attention to my interactions with Black, indigenous and people of color. By reviewing my lifetime of past interactions, I have greater clarity regarding “microaggression.”…more appreciative of anger.” –Carol Adams, EAN member
“My understanding has deepened…along with my commitment to action.” –Lynne Iser, EAN Board President
Per Layla F. Saad’s request, our fee is only to cover administrative costs, plus whatever you have paid for your book. If you prefer an audible copy we can provide a document with all the questions for journaling.
Any donation in addition to this amount is always needed and appreciated at Elders Action Network.
For further information on this work listen to this NPR Life Kit podcast with Eric Deggans interviewing Layla F. Saad: Me And White Supremacy Helps You Do The Work Of Dismantling Racism (16-minute Listen)
If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time.
But if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine,
then let us work together. –Indigenous Elder