Maybe you’ve heard, or already know, that to address racism honestly and with integrity, we kind of need to talk about it. Did you also get the message, growing up, that talking about race is taboo and should be avoided? In fact, there are a number of topics that we are taught to avoid. How are we supposed to be part of the solution, if we don’t know how to engage in effective dialogue?
I have a gift of gab. I also have a gift of grace (from my Grandma Harriet, mil gracias), and the desire to learn and teach through intelligent talk (Gemini rising). Yep, I’m in my sweet spot, stars aligned and all. I offer courageous and considerate spaces, small-group intimate conversations and larger workshops, where we explore and practice with different tools to create change.
We learn together. We grow together. We get better at doing hard things.
White folks with a genuine desire to learn about the ways they perpetuate racism have a bad habit of depending on people of color to educate us. For free. On our schedule.
While it’s critical for us to recognize, compensate, and support the talent of people of color and hire them for everything from racial healing to helping you buy a house, to leading businesses and organizations, it is also important for white people to do the work with other white people. This happens in affinity groups or caucuses.
These guided conversations are in spaces where we learn a little, grow a lot, talk some, listen with our whole being, share openly, support one another, and show up as ourselves—authentically—to do the work. It’s one step of many.
These sessions are intended to bring together a community of people committed to social justice and bringing forth a better world—one where your life expectancy is not impacted by the color of your skin.
We envision a world where love and humanity are the leading ideals in our hearts, circles, communities, and in the leadership that inspires our world every single day. It sounds amazing but let’s be real, it’s messy. Let’s talk about it.