White (European American)
Roan and Jen are gathering a diverse group of white-identified individuals from across the U.S., including a mix of geographies, European lineages, religious/spiritual backgrounds, gender identities, class backgrounds, and work in the world. Over the course of 6 virtual gatherings, they will explore questions including:
- How have we been harming ourselves and each other in the name of “anti-racism” work? How are dominant movement cultures setting us up to fail at accountability?
- How do we hold, feel, grieve and take responsibility for the violence that European Americans have inflicted for the last five centuries and continue to perpetrate across the globe, and especially here on Turtle Island, while also tending to our own wounds, which both caused and were caused by this same violence? What does decolonizing race mean for and demand of people raced as ‘white’?
- What are our peoples’ relationships to colonization and settler colonialism? How does this live in our bodies today?
- What are our relationships to indigeneity, as people with European ancestries? When were our ancestors last indigenous? What caused them to abandon their indigeneity, or how was it severed? What impact has this had?
- What becomes possible as we shift our relationship to power? How do we differentiate - within our own bodies and spirits - between the kind of “power over” we’ve been conditioned to hold and accept as normal through our whiteness, and the kind of “power within” that we’re simultaneously taught to fear and deny, but which could set us free?
- What is the role of spirit in ending white supremacy? How do we cultivate/reclaim spiritual practices in a way that is not appropriative?
- What can we learn from reparations and land rematriation efforts already underway?