Never Woke Enough: Talking to White People about White Supremacy

Never Woke Enough: Talking to White People about White Supremacy

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Communications

The racism that Trump condones is not new; it has operated implicitly and explicitly since colonial America. Scholars have long established that race is not biological but rather a divide-and-conquer invention and that racism is systemic. However, such scholarship does not often reach the general white public. People of color cannot bear the burden of teaching white people about race. This training will identify a few basic concepts related to the history of race and racism, emphasize how white people are often not taught these concepts and instead manipulated to believe a racial ideology of white supremacy, and discuss strategies for educating white people about these issues in order to dismantle white supremacy.

This training is for all audiences.

Trainer

Karen Gaffney

Karen Gaffney

Karen Gaffney, PhD has been teaching and training about race, including whiteness, for many years. She’s been an English professor at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ since 2003, where she designed an introductory course on race. She’s recently presented her work at the White Privilege Conference, the Critical Race Theory conference at Yale Law School, the Popular Culture Association, and the Working Class Studies Association. She is working on an introductory guide to systemic racism and racial justice with tools for action tentatively titled Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox. She works on racial justice with The Meta Theatre Company at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition, and through her blog “Divided No Longer” (http://dividednolonger.com/). She was a DFA Scholar at Netroots Nation in 2014.

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