This workshop will attempt to clarify the true meaning and consequences of racism and white supremacy, and look for ways to overcome it. It will use the collective wisdom in the room to help with those objectives. The workshop will touch briefly on some of the history of racism and the way whites have been socialized into white supremacy. Along with white supremacy, we will also examine “The White Racial Frame” and “White Fragility.”
The culture we all live in is a white culture. That sounds innocent enough, but is it anything but innocent. It is a culture that has oppressed people of color from the day white people set foot on what is now the U.S.A. To be white is to be superior to any person of color. Imagine what that does to the psyche of white people and to the psyche of people of color!
We have been given this culture of white supremacy since the day we were born. We have been socialized into a white superior culture whether we like it or not, and as such we all are part of the racism that is so prevalent in our society. That does not make us bad people, it just is. Racism is a structure, not an event, and the structure of this country is white supremacy
The objectives of the workshop are:
- To help create an understanding of racism and white supremacy.
- To identify white supremacy in our workplaces, our places of worship, our schools, and other organizations.
- Through the understandings of racism and white supremacy to create antidotes and anti-racist actions.
About the Presenter
Peter Eichten teaches in the Masters of Public and Nonprofit Administration program at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, where he teaches two courses: Public Ethics and the Common Good and Undoing Racism in the Workplace and the Public Arena. He has degrees in history, education, and theology, he has been a high school teacher, counselor, and coach, and he has also worked in Catholic Campus Ministry. He has been elected to a public school board and has served on the board of directors of three nonprofits. Peter was a Peace Corps Volunteer (Iran 1970-72).