Examining Whiteness: White identity and Racism

Sat Jun 15 2019 at 11:00 am to 02:00 pm
Kings Cross and Brunswick Community Association, Marchmont Community Hall, London, United Kingdom

Kings Cross and Brunswick Community Association, Marchmont Community Hall, London, United Kingdom

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Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism

                           Saturday 15th June 2019   11am – 2pm

Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, Kings Cross, London WC1N 1AB

http://www.kcbna.org.uk/contact/         FREE   - donations on the day much appreciated.

There is a maximum of 50 places and these groups quickly get fully booked, so if you want to come, make sure you register soon.

                       The group is open to people from all backgrounds and heritages

‘Whiteness, as a set of normative cultural practices, is visible most clearly to those it definitely excludes and those to whom it does violence. Those who are housed securely within its borders usually do not examine it.’ (Ruth Frankenberg,1993)

This group is open to anyone wanting to address the injustices and inequalities of racism through personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and entitlement.

For too long Black, African and Asian therapists and trainees have been experiencing racism and exclusion within the therapy profession. Change in the culture of therapy and training is slow and there are still trainees who are discriminated against: unheard, invisible, hurt, excluded. 

As part of addressing this oppression within the therapy professions, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (www.pcsr.org.uk) organised, last year, a series of groups for therapists who identify as White to explore Whiteness and White aspects of themselves within the context of their own identity and skin. Being part of group conversations about racism, organised by the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (www.baatn.org.uk), we, as White therapists have seen how much work is being done by People of Colour. The Examining Whiteness groups were initially conceived by White therapists attempting to own responsibility, expand their awareness, and strengthen their potential to become allies.

This year, 2019, due to popular demand, we are holding a series of groups open to people from all backgrounds and heritages, to examine White identity and racism, particularly within the therapy field

The groups are organised and facilitated by therapists Bea Millar (beatrice | bmillar ! com) and Suzanne Keys from PCSR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility)   www.pcsr.org.uk

Useful resources to check out online

Exploring academic research about Whiteness and identity.  Interview wth CiCi from Unspoke#BlackSafeSpace and Dr Shona Hunter       amp;app=desktop

Scene on Radio.  Seeing White .14 episodes     https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/ />
 Witnessing the wound. 20 min video by Eugene Ellis, BAATN.        
https://vimeo.com/262194819 />
How I learntedto stop worrying and love discssuing Race (10 min TED talk)         https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MbdxeFcQtaU

 Colonialism and the origins of d skin bleaching  
https://wellcomecollection.org/articles/XIfdHRAAAKbQ_FWB />
 Article by Jennifer Loubriel        
https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/4-ways-white-people-can-process-their-emotions-without-bringing-the-white-tears/                              

Tim Wise, US anti-racism activist, Helm’s White racial identity development model and Peggy McIntosh on White privilege.

 Recent relevant books

White Privilege Unmasked: how to be part of the solution   Judy Ryde     March 2019                                             

White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism      Robin DiAngelo 2018

Natives: race and class in the ruins of empire                                          Akala        2018

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race                              Reni Eddo Lodge     2017

 
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