When liberal whites fail to understand how they can and/or do embody white supremacist values and beliefs even though they may not embrace racism as prejudice or domination (especially domination that involves coercive control), they cannot recognize the ways their actions support and affirm the very structure of racist domination and oppression that they wish to see eradicated ~~ Bell Hooks
Honest attempts to grapple with the complex issue of white supremacy is too often a simplistic effort, fraught with misconceptions, misinformation and long embraced mores. As often happens in this community, leaders are willing to meet the challenge. In recent discussions Pollen’s Unraveled Network series has asked white-led organization to “peel back their bias and fragility to dissect how institutional racism and white supremacy are barriers to equitable network building and community engagement.” (https://www.polenmidwest.org)
Pollen has now joined forces with the Twin Cities Daily Planet (http://www.tcdailyplanet.net) to provide a forum for conversation and examination of white supremacy. The effort is 1) to probe the roots of the ways in which supremacy acts as a system of power, and 2) to collaborate on ways to effect change in the workplace:
The agenda includes two sessions on the topic:
- Thursday, May 11 – “Confronting White Supremacy in the Workplace,” a discussion with industry leaders whose work and personal experiences have led to changes in organizational culture.
- Thursday, June 1 – Attendees will share their stories, offer solutions and set an action agenda.
Sessions will take place at the Minneapolis Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. $25 for both sessions, $15 for each