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 (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 12 2:45 PM (Eastern)

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 is an English professor at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. She is the author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox (Routledge), an accessible introduction to race and racism with tools for action. She addresses antiracism through community workshops and organizations, her blog Divided No Longer (, and her role as a Public Scholar for the NJ Council for the Humanities. Karen has presented her work at academic and activist conferences alike, including the Working-Class Studies Association, National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), and the White Privilege Conference.

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