Introduction to Racism in Real-Time
Since the killing of George Floyd there has been a surge of interest from both white folks and BIPOC (black indigenous people of colour) who are going through a wave of self-examination wondering how to deal with the emotional impact of race in our society and how to talk about racism. They are reading books, talking to friends and both white folks and BIPOC are entering into discussions with each other.
Since you are here you too must be wondering what to do with the awkward silences, feeling scared of saying the wrong thing when engaging in conversations about racism, sometimes feeling attacked and feeling deep shame and guilt for simply voicing your opinion. Especially when you don’t think you have done anything wrong.
Trying to become more aware, more understanding and being a white ally to BIPOC or holding space for your own existence if you are BIPOC is not that easy- but if you are willing to try then this course can guide you along your way to turning hope into reality.
Our intention is to help you where your training did not, and prepare you to talk about how you feel when the topic of race/racism comes up. For those of you who have clients/patients/students and you are not sure what to do or say, this course will also equip you with the tools you need to engage safely with your white and or BIPOC clients, staff, and colleagues.
If any of this resonates then this is a course that is perfect for you. In small groups, you will work with a psychotherapist and race specialist and examine your relationship with race. You will have time to practice what you need to say, and what you need to do within a safe learning environment.
In order for white and BIPOC’s bodies to step into the racial wound together, whilst further wounding is inevitable, a certain amount of unnecessary pain can be avoided if both groups have done enough work within the relative safety of their own cultures first.
This is why we are first offering two separate groups, with the aim of bringing white and BIPOC bodies together in a third group to further deepen the work of healing the racial wound. We will go as far as you are willing and able to go.cilitate this most painful of endeavors, including its mess, anger, and deep suffering. This is not to negate or patch up the racial wound, but to hold it with love whilst we navigate its raging seas.