Dear Lindenwood Park Neighbors,
Our commitment to being a network of mutuality and to diversity and inclusivity requires our thoughtful engagement with one another and with our community in conversations like these.
Witnessing Whiteness groups are for those who identify and experience the world as white. These groups meet every other week for ten sessions, read the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It (2nd edition), by Shelly Tochluk , learn to speak about race and racism, explore white privilege, and discuss ways of being better allies with people of color in a supportive and non-threatening environment.
Witnessing Whiteness groups strive to:
- Create spaces where individuals who identify and experience the world as white gain information, scholarship, and insight into creating a more just and equitable world;
- Invite participants into a community of other white people committed to positive change in their lives, workplaces, and region;
- Encourage advocacy, collaboration, and strategies for change and increased knowledge;
- “Build knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices” (Tochluk);
- Understand and practice interrupting racism;
- Practice skills to act as agents of change and sharing in the region.
The group at Watson Terrace Christian Church will begin meeting on January 18 at 6:30 p.m. We will meet every other week for 10 weeks. Participants are asked to commit to 8 of the 10 sessions. The only cost is the text, Witnessing Whiteness The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do it, 2nd Edition by Shelly Tochluk. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact me at