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How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and I
Transcript of How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and I
by Focusing on Diversity
Agreed Rules of Engagement
1. We all will respectfully listen to each other
2. Calling in
3. Respectfully ask follow up questions to unclear statements or remarks
4. recognize own privileges
5.step up- step back
6. honor and respect each other
Safe Space and Comfortable Spaces
1. A safe space is a location where individuals feel safe to perform, embody and express themselves without fear of violence, judgement, or harassment
2. A safe space is a location where everyone is held accountable for their words and actions. Everyone in a safe space has to participate in consciously and willfully listening, respecting, and engaging with others in respectful, non-violent ways
3. Safe spaces require constant work and readjustment
-This shared discussion will be a safe space, but it may not be a comfortable one.
-Safe spaces require that we all self examine our internalized and unconscious acts of violence, oppression and silencing.
-Self examination is not comfortable.
the social, public, cultural, educational and institutional manifestations of racism, violence, marginalization and terrorism that both purposefully and unconsciously exclude People of Color. Often joined with patriarchy, ableism, homophobia and transphobia, but can also be part of these systems.
individual equality vs social power
the idea that someone must present all of the qualifications that the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy deems acceptable and necessary in order to have access cultural and social systems
the idea that a person can exist outside of cultural, social, and institutional power and privilege structures
the idea that there is a proper way to be respectable and assimilated. must closely adhere to dominant norms
acknowledge violent systems but not silencing
Use for Spaces
spaces for teaching-
spaces for healing-
spaces for speaking-
spaces for action and activism-
spaces for community-
the cultural centers are learning centers. flesh out libraries, offer lectures, host conferences and workshops, and speak ins and public forums. Collaborate with faculty and students.
places of solidarity in times of violence, crisis, and isolation. At times this means limiting access.
a place to give students voice, especially since the centers are directly student focused. Also a place to advance narratives.
a site for public, community, and educational activism. For example, #itooamosu
within and between the centers, and the larger campus community.
Not all of these can be embodied at the same time.
Diversity and Intersectionality as Buzzwords
-Systems, practices and activities that reinforce stereotypes, violent narratives, and silencing.
-System of silencing marginalized voices
-System of being silent in times of injustice and violence
ex: collaboration between BCC and CCCC and Pride Center re: police brutality and violence against QTPOC bodies.
Conversations around systems of privilege, power, access and domination are necessary and should be constant.
speaking truth to power includes examining the systems you yourself are complicit in.
What are some ways that I can directly challenge systems of domination at my job?
What are two things I'd like to see my Center/Office do that challenge systems of domination?
What are two things I'd like to do with at least 2 other centers that challenge systems of domination?
Why We Should Abandon the Word ‘Subtle’ When Discussing Racism
Fighting against systems of domination, silencing and violence are perpetual acts. It is not a competition.
Understanding systems of violence, white supremacy, and domination are interlocking. But keep in mind not everyone experiences them in the same way.
Dialogue- done correctly- is not subtle.
What are some word or phrases I should reconsider in my language re: solidarity, activism, and community building?
what are words and phrases I can replace the problematic language with?
List 3 things I can do to speak/work against domination without qualifying, repressing, or co-opting the struggle of others?
On Translating An Oppressive Dialect
Even though we are in the academy, a lot of academic language is gatekeeping
Language as a tool to uphold white supremacy and violence
willful and unconscious upholding of white supremacy
Be mindful that we do not all have the same language or systems of understanding.
systems of marginalization and oppression have direct impact on ways of knowing, understanding, and interacting with the world.
Our actions are a form of discourse.
If your actions are not matching your discourse, you are not speaking.
If your language is exclusionary and co-opting the struggles of others, it is violence.
Speaking For vs Speaking With
It is not your job as a center, professional faculty, etc. to speak for the students, the community, etc.
It is your job to speak with students, the community, etc. and empower them.
Must be someone from another office/center/org.
Suggest Check in: Once a week
What Accountability looks like:
1. What ways did you work against white supremacy and systems of violence and marginalization at work this week?
2. In what ways did you actively work to use non-violent language this week?
3. What are three specific things you did this week to actively empower and listen to the specific community you serve?
4. What are three suggestions the community gave to you on things you could improve on re: solidarity, activism, and justice?
5. How do I feel this week about being accountable to someone in this way?
Someone you are honestly discussing your answers with.
For this year:
This is a specific instance where my discourse did not match my actions, and I was not successful in advocating for the community I serve.
These are two specific things that I learned from this instance.
What are at least 3 specific ways I can work with other centers and offices to better empower all aspects of the community I serve?
Shared Learning Space