Workshop on Developing Materials to Take Action against White Supremacy and Serve as Anti-Racism Allies
The session will present key ideas from the book, Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, co-edited by Dr. Tammie Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy will help to facilitate and solicit collaborative discussions, focused on taking action against white supremacy, racism, and misogyny and serving as anti-racist allies.
In light of the current political climate the understanding of racism has been shaken and revealed what many people of color have known and named for generations... The United States was built on a foundation of systemic oppression that has deeply normalized white supremacy. If there was ever a time for people to take action to help upend racism and misogynist practices, this is it.
For this Interactive workshop, participants will work as collaborators to create an action plan that can be used in various communities, including reading materials, action groups, specific political actions and timelines, and numerous anti-racist maneuvers that focus on systemic racism, white supremacy, and misogyny.
Participants will begin to articulate how the UNO and Omaha communities can do the following:
- Recognize and dismantle normative whiteness and unexamined biases.
- Work towards undoing the racism many white people have been raised with and have internalized.
- Focus feminist and social action theories/practices on intersectionality in ways that move away from white, neoliberal practices.
- Deploy anti-racist maneuvers to serve as better allies to communities of color.
- Listen to communities of color about their anger, mistrust, and needs from allies without burdening them for answers about “what to do?”
- Help white folks to transform their ignorance and defensiveness into greater consciousness and motivation to act in solidarity with people of color.
- Sustain a new resistance that will outlast the white supremacist and misogynist regime we now find ourselves under.
- Theorize and implement rhetorical practices that better include black, white, Latinx, Asian, indigenous, cisgender and transgender, LGBTQIA+, able-bodied and disabled, Christian, Muslim, and atheist communities.
Copies of Dr. Kennedy's book will be available for purchase, learn more.
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