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

Starts: Saturday, Aug. 12 1:30 PM

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 12 2:45 PM

Room: Embassy A

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.


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 also teaches this course in a college program at the only women’s prison in NJ as well as in the community for the public. Karen has run workshops about race, racism, and white supremacy for academic conferences, activists, high school teachers, social workers, and the general public. Her book in progress, “Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox,” is under contract with Routledge; see for her related blog “Divided No Longer.” She helps lead the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition and the Central Jersey Community Coalition. She was a DFA Scholar at Netroots Nation in 2014 and ran an anti-racism training at Netroots Nation in 2016.

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