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Giving Up Privilege: How “White Privilege” Keeps White Supremacy in Place
The concept of “privilege” represents a deep misunderstanding of racism and its impacts, instead reifying White supremacy and sowing separation and guilt. During this webinar, you will learn to differentiate between three distinct phenomena that have been lumped into “White Privilege”: 1) “Systemic Obliviousness,” 2) “Entitlement,” and 3) Human Rights. We explore how “benefit” and “advantage” narratives—connotations of “privilege”—are counter-productive to solidarity and equity and instead reinforce White supremacy, advocate assimilation, and perpetuate paternalism and defensiveness. We also examine how “privilege” denies the costs to White people as non-targets of racism: loss of humanity, connection, and belonging. NOTE: In this offering we use “White privilege” for teaching concepts that apply to all types of oppression and the use of “privilege” in broader social justice work.
- Understood how the “White Privilege Narrative” perpetuates assimilation, guilt, and defensiveness, inadvertently keeping White supremacy and systemic racism in place.
- Recognized and named patterns of internalized dominance and entitlement, systemic, non-target obliviousness, and human rights as distinct concepts
- Shifted from experiencing non-target identity as one of “privilege” to one of “loss” as we recognize the costs of oppression to and as non-targets
- Deepened our understanding of LJIST’s core theory of social transformation and its application to ending racism
- Move beyond the traps and limitations of the “privilege” narrative that prevent us from ending oppression
- Gain a language for describing systemic inequities that does not increase defensiveness
- Give up paternalism and guilt as the motivation for your social justice work
- Heal from the loss you’ve experienced on the non-target side of oppression in community, with permission, and responsibly
Who Is This For?
- White People and Mixed Heritage people who Identify as White who are committed to being transformed by doing their own healing to end internalized White supremacy, separation, and finally come “home”
- BIPOC who are committed to being transformed by a healing-based approach that requires White People give up dominance and become true allies in the struggle to end racism and White supremacy
On-Demand Webinars Include:
- 1-Hour Webinar
- Individual Reflection Worksheet
- Webinar Evaluation
You will have a 14-day viewing window from the date of purchase (for individuals) or from a designated start date (for organizational licenses) to complete the webinar.
“As long as we continue to use the language of ‘privilege’ to connote ‘advantages,’ we reinforce the very system of White supremacy that created racism in the first place and deny the healing White people must do.”
– Nanci E. Luna Jiménez
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What an amazing experience. I will be working through this for some time. Thank you all for your excellent content and wonderful online experience. So engaging and creative use of the technology and platform. I'll be back!
My most valuable take away is that oppression has a cost to the oppressor as well as the oppressed. I didn't understand how White people have a cost from racism. Now I see it so clearly and want to help us all heal.
This was one of the best webinars I've ever listened to – thank you so much.