The Anti-racist White Woman:
Disrupting unconscious patterns of dominance & building stamina and skills for racial justice
“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” – Ijeoma Oluo, Twitter 14 July 2019
“Kendra’s course was exactly what I was looking for – a safe space to discuss my white identity as it relates to inequity, privilege and injustice…discussions within the group were honest and meaningful. This is due, in no small part, to Kendra’s gift as a facilitator – she has an amazing ability to bring participants into the present moment, to dive deep and open up. My personal goal was to learn more about how I can better serve the anti-racism movement. Her course has played a critical role in helping me achieve that.” – Bobbie Stewart, CultureWell.org
Course created and facilitated by kendra carpenter (she/they) with advisor and partner collaborator Farhad Desai. Facilitation includes guest presenters Farhad Desai and Lisa Collins.
This course is geared to white women/white-presenting women who are committed to undoing internalized racism and to taking impactful anti-racist actions in their circles of influence to advance human rights, justice and equity.
In this course, we will:
- Gain understanding of the racist & white supremacist systems we’re socialized in, & how we unconsciously support these systems so we can disrupt it
- Use mindfulness, compassionate inquiry, and somatic (body) practices to grow our self-awareness and stamina
- Develop skills to talk about racism and racial equity
- Build courage to intervene in anti-racist ways with ourselves and others
- Take practical anti-racist actions in our lives and hold ourselves accountable
We’ll learn through readings/video, reflective writing, guided exercises, presentation and small group conversations. There is no blaming or shaming – we facilitate a compassionate and non-judgmental space as we do this work together.
The experiences of Black, brown, Indigenous and other racialized groups are centered in readings and videos. Colleagues with equity expertise as well as lived experience expertise as members of racialized groups act as partner consultants and guest presenters with me, a white woman. I recognize that it would be incomplete and potentially harmful to do this work in a silo. And, every time I do paid justice work, I commit to collaborate with, share/pay justly, and amplify the work of racialized colleagues (historically disenfranchised from, underpaid or not paid for this work).
What is white supremacy?
White supremacy is an unethical and illegal system of valuing, prioritizing, elevating, including and supporting white-presenting bodies over Black, brown and racialized bodies. The foundation of the U.S. and Canada, it operates in personal, institutional, and cultural ways. Elements of white supremacy include gaslighting, power hoarding, control through violence/policing/policies, perfectionism, urgency, defensiveness and denial. While anyone can collude with white supremacy, it is white people who have the most societal privilege and power to address and dismantle it.
What can white folks do?
Patriarchal white-body supremacy and racism actively subvert human rights through people, policies, and practices. White and white-presenting folks – as members of the dominant group – can and must use our power and privilege to disrupt ourselves, intervene with others, help to dismantle the system and co-create a new pluralistic, equitable culture.
Why have a group geared to white women/unpacking the racial & gender identity of white women?
White women have been conditioned to be complicit with, and uphold, patriarchal white supremacist norms in specific, gendered ways. Women of color have shared how white women often act as a “wedge” that blocks their progress. White women’s history of white supremacy in enabling white male patriarchy, centering our comfort, maintaining innocence, foregoing our agency, and prioritizing white feminism are aspects of that wedge. We can take responsibility for our position – and act as a bridge instead of a wedge.
Disclaimer: we understand that folks who are not white-presenting may want to join. We believe white women have our own work to do, and don’t expect others to do our work or experience our processing of racism. Doing our personal work is helpful in showing up in mixed groups in more accountable and less harmful ways.
Critical personal qualities required for this work include, but are not limited to the following:
- Self-reflective awareness
- Openness and a growth mindset
- Ability to self-regulate
- Capacity to change harmful habits when notice them
- Care deeply about justice, equity and humanity
- Loving-kindness and compassion to self and others
- Willingness to take anti-racist actions
If you are interested in starting with yourself to make a meaningful difference, please join me and other committed individuals. Upcoming 2021 sessions are available for purchase below. We look forward to meeting and working with you!
Course details: 8 weekly 90-minute virtual Zoom sessions with up to 20 participants.
Cost: Join us, and pay what you can! We want to ensure that everyone who wants to take this course can, and offer a sliding scale. 10% of revenue goes to both the Innocence Project (U.S.) and Indspire (Canada). Zoom link shared when register.
Sliding scale: $200-$450/person (if $200 is too much, let us know & we can work something out!)
- Pay it Forward Rate – $450: for those comfortably paying their rent or mortgage.
- Full Rate – $325: for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent.
- Subsidized Rate – $200: for those who making ends meet is a challenge.
Summer 2021 – 2 courses offered. Each course has 8 sessions, 90-min each.
- Weds, Aug 4 – Sep 22, 6-7:30pm ET / 3-4:30pm PT
- Thurs, Aug 5 – Sep 23, 8:30-10pm ET / 5:30-7pm PT
“This course helped kick-start my anti-racist journey. I knew I wanted to improve and learn more about the racist systems I have taken part in, but I wasn’t sure how. This course showed me (with patience & understanding) that I can be vulnerable while learning how to be a better anti-racist. Even if I mess up, I can continue forward on this journey, knowing more skills and resources to help me on my way.” – Participant, Fall 2020
“Kendra’s course on anti-racism increased my awareness around issues of white supremacy and racism. I grew in my understanding of the ways I can intervene and recommit to my lifelong journey of interrupting racism. Kendra is an outstanding instructor and her own commitment to this work shines through in this program.” – Participant, Fall 2020
Unsplash photo by Priscilla Du Preez
For questions, please reach out to kendra (at) beyondbinaryconsulting.com.
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