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I'm So Over Racism

get real about racism & change the world

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get real about racism

Are You Tired of Feeling Powerless to Make a Difference?

Racism is a system baked into American culture from the beginning. It’s usually invisible to people in the majority because they’ve been trained from birth not to see it. Defining racism as individual behavior or claiming to “not see color” is a way to avoid dealing with the ways people of color are treated differently than white people.

This course defines racial terms, guides you to examine personal beliefs, and explores racism and privilege as a system. Because talking about race is difficult for most people, I offer audio meditations specifically on race for students.

Get Honest Answers to Questions

You Were Afraid to Ask

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Hearing Sacil’s personal stories about how racism directly impacted her life put the issue into a personal sphere for me. It helped me to keep the issue front and center in my life whereas it was always on the outer edges of my personal bubble.

Also, connecting with the other women in the class helped me accept that I am not alone in my white privilege. Realizing that if we all work together we can chip away at racism and move this mountain of hate one pebble at a time.

Susan

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[The best thing about class was] my classmates. They were from different parts of the country and therefore had different POV which was very helpful!

Anke

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I’m thankful for your presence and the process of becoming more immediately awakened to the INTERNALIZED institutional racism that pervades our culture. Every day I wake up and try to pay attention, learn, listen and act. 

Ella

Session Topics

Identity & Perception

How do you self-identify? What do you assume about people of other races?

Definitions

Let’s get clear on terminology so we know what we’re talking about.

Privilege

What is privilege? Who has it? Can you reject it?

Recognizing Racism

Explore the racism in real life situations.

Inequality Based on the Numbers

Check out data that shows the lasting effects of racism.

Media Portrayals of Race

When and where do you notice racism in the media?

How Inclusive is Your Community?

Look at specific areas and grade your community on its inclusivity. 

What Will You Do?

Figure out where and how you will make a difference.

What Will You Gain?

  • Expand your knowledge about race and racial systems in America
  • Gain the confidence and tools to challenge institutional norms
  • Network and connect with like-minded people
What if I'm afraid to talk about race?

Most people are. So that means we really need to learn how to do it respectfully and consciously. For that we need the facts, awareness of our own biases, and the ability to see another’s point of view. This course covers those skills.

What if I unintentionally say something racist?

Then you’ll be called in, not called out.  That means that as the facilitator, I will focus on the comment, not the commenter. I will clarify what was said, explain why the comment is offensive, and invite discussion from the group so everyone can learn from it.

I'm not white. Why should I take a course on racism?

Learning to talk about race and racism is not just a white thing. Having personal experience with racism doesn’t mean we know how to have effective discussions about race with non-black people. Join us and add to the discussion!

How do your live courses work?

We use the Zoom app so we can see each other.  You can download it to your computer or phone. I will send you the link to the classroom as part of the syllabus. You can  sign up for Zoom online here and download the Zoom app at the Google Play Store or the iTunes Store.

How often will we meet?

This course meets every Monday from 7 – 8:30pm ET, July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26 & September 9

Is this more than a discussion?

Of course! There’s no way to cover everything in this class in 8 hour and a half sessions. You will be required to listen to podcasts, read articles, pay attention to your daily life, and give serious thought to your community and what you will do differently Luckily, the resources I have gathered are interesting and you have two weeks between classes to prepare!

This seems kind of expensive. Why?

You’re paying for several things:

  • my knowledge – I have done the hours and hours of research to dig through facts, opinions, etc and pull out the most relevant items for a basic course for people who want to deconstruct racism on a deeper level than they currently understand.
  • my facilitation skills – This is one of my key skills. For 20+ years, I have gotten so many disparate groups of people to drop their preconceived notions, understand each other, and work together. Check out the testimonials posted throughout the site for confirmation.
  • my philosophy – You want to argue or need guilt to get you motivated? This isn’t the place. No blame, no shame, no guilt. We’re here to learn and grow.
  • my emotional work – Black people have done the heavy emotional lifting for white people since forever. If you really want to learn, you’re going to be uncomfortable. It also means that I’m exposing myself to racist views and comments for the duration of the class, unintentional or not. Being vulnerable to answering questions about racism is hard work. Not meaning to be hurtful doesn’t make something not hurt. One thing we’ll discuss in class is acknowledging the impact of your words and behavior. When the impact takes priority over your intentions, that’s when you stop centering yourself and start learning.
  • honoring the exchange – When people trade things of similar value, they honor the exchange, and things are balanced. You will not be the same person when you’re complete this course. Every interaction you have going forward will be different because you’ll be different. You’ll be much more aware of how you can intentionally and positively impact how other people think and behave about race.

No Blame. No Shame. No Guilt.

That’s how I teach my classes. Blame, shame, and guilt waste  time and energy that we need to do the work in class.  So you’ll need to work on those feelings on your own time, and I’ll provide a few audio meditations to help.

While we didn’t create America’s racial system, we are responsible to undo the damage. Here are your responsibilities in class:

  • LEARN the true history of America and how racism was deliberately worked into the legal and social systems.
  • UNDERSTAND how history affects the present. Slavery and discrimination were not erased after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. We are dealing with consequences from decisions and actions hundreds of years ago.
  • RECOGNIZE racism when you see it. Learn to stop overlooking racist actions by others.
  • DO SOMETHING. Knowledge without action is useless.

I’m So Over Racism

It’s not enough to be “not racist” if you want things to change. You have to be anti-racist because silence is consent. If you’re ready to learn some facts and skills to fight racism, join me. Still have questions? Click here. Your question still not answered? Click here.

$795

Get the Details

This live online workshop includes:

  • 8 live meetings that are 1-1/2 hours each
  • An open, honest, and respectful atmosphere
  • Syllabus with links to most homework assignments so you can work ahead, if necessary
  • 2 audio meditations on race
  • Answers to your awkward questions on race
  • Handouts (downloads)
  • Enrollment in a secret Facebook group where you can chat with others who have been through the course, find agendas and homework assignments, and post homework if you miss class
  • Recommended reading list
  • Suggested movie list
  • Certificate for completing the class and returning the course satisfaction survey

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