This is a bi-weekly work and study session open to all.
It comes from the suggestion by some Members that Resonate must practice dismantling its own white supremacy if it is to fulfill the work of its manifesto.
These sessions are intended to be a place where this work is imagined and shared.
The work is not easy. While not situated within individuals, their feelings or their choices, structural change is intimately connected to personal vulnerability. Community healing and learning often come after individual experiences of pain and confusion. Repair from the trauma and toxic structures of our history requires care and patience like healing from any injury.
Participants should prepare to meet and hear each other with the generosity and vulnerability that patterns of new growth require.
Perhaps the guiding question is something like:
What practice of learning must Resonate and its co-operative networks make to serve as sites of high-functioning trans-national pluralism, solidarity and imaginative repair after centuries of conditioning in racialized and extractive political economies?
Original trigger for these sessions: White Supremacy Culture
by Tema Okun (10 mins)
Suggested starting place for June 2 Session:
GOOD WHITE PEOPLE: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon Sullivan (SUNY Series, Philosophy and Race: 2014)
Introduction (first 6 - 10 pages, through footnote 15)
Open the free sample / ‘Look Inside’ by clicking on the book cover image at the link. Choose the kindle preview version.
This text may throw some light on the challenges posed within ‘Anti-Racist’ practice in the questions for the May 19 session.
(Text above shared by @richjensen. Please consider it a draft open to revision and comment.)
Starting place for May 19 session:
- Read Tema Okun text with special attention to the section on ‘Right to Comfort’ p. 7.
Can ‘Anti-racist’ gestures (like land acknowledgements) actually be a vehicle for maintaining White Supremacy, avoiding conflict, and comforting the beneficiaries of colonization and dispossession?
What would ‘leaning into discomfort’ look like as a practical matter for dismantling white supremacy in Resonate spaces?
Rolling Session Notes: Link