Beyond Empathy: A Call for White Humility in Response to Black Rage, Part Two
Day 1Session Code: FS-1B
When: April 5, 2022
Track: Social Responsibility
Presenters: Brittany J. Harris, The Winters Group, Inc. | Chevara Orrin, Collective Concepts
Prerequisite: Recording from “Beyond Empathy: A Call for White Humility in Response to Black Rage,” Part One (The Forum 2021 Conference Session)
The recent racial justice movements require organizations and practitioners to evolve their approach to D&I work, and intentionally identify intersections with social justice. Many organizations have developed strong statements and positions rooted in empathy and solidarity with Black communities but continue to struggle with closing the gap between rhetoric and practice.
Many aspiring allies and white practitioners have come under scrutiny for “taking up space” in anti-racism work and perpetuating its commodification. Black and Brown practitioners continue to experience the emotional and physical toll of this work.
This moment is complex and calls for critical thought, candid dialogue, and attention to nuance.
• Understand the history and the present-day role of white people in disrupting white supremacy
• Examine liberation-focused work to be responsive to the unique experiences of Black and Brown people
• Learn strategies for embedding justice and white anti-racism activism within our organizations