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Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre http://www.kcbna.org.uk/locations/chadswell-centre/

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This group is open to people from all backgrounds, heritages and ethnicities

‘Whiteness, as a set of normative cultural practices, is visible most clearly to those it definitely excludes and those to whom it does violence. Those who are housed securely within its borders usually do not examine it.’ (Ruth Frankenberg,1993)

This group is open to anyone wanting to address the injustices and inequalities of racism through personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and entitlement.

For too long Black, African and Asian therapists and trainees have been experiencing racism and exclusion within the therapy profession. Change in the culture of therapy and training is slow and there are still trainees who are discriminated against: unheard, invisible, hurt, excluded. We feel a need to continue to confront racism in the profession and in the world.

As part of addressing this oppression within the therapy professions, in 2018, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility www.pcsr.org.uk organised a series of groups for therapists who identify as White to explore Whiteness and White aspects of themselves within the context of their own identity and skin. Being part of group conversations about racism, organised by BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapy Network) we have seen how much work is being done by people of colour. The Examining Whiteness groups were initially conceived by White therapists attempting to own responsibility, expand their awareness, and strengthen their potential to become allies.

This year, 2019, we have been offering groups every 3 months to people from all backgrounds and ethnicities who are wanting to examine White identity and racism, particularly within the therapy field

The groups are organised and facilitated by therapists Bea Millar and Suzanne Keys from PCSR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility)

Useful Resources

Layla f. Saad Me and White Supremacy Workbook 2018

http://laylafsaad.com/meandwhitesupremacy-workbook

Guide to Allyship: http://www.guidetoallyship.com/

So You Call Yourself an Ally: 10 Things All ‘Allies’ Need to Know: https://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlsLFWZKoZw&app=desktop

https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

‘Witnessing the wound’ 20 min video by Eugene Ellis, BAATN. https://vimeo.com/262194819

‘How I learned to stop worrying and love discussing Race’ (10 min TED talk) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MbdxeFcQtaU

https://wellcomecollection.org/articles/XIfdHRAAAKbQ_FWB

Aricle by Jennifer Loubriel https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/4-ways-white-people-can-process-their-emotions-without-bringing-the-white-tears/

Tim Wise, US anti-racism activist, Helm’s White racial identity development model and Peggy McIntosh on White privilege.

Classic text on these issues: Black Skin, White Masks Frantz Fanon 1952

Recent relevant books

White Privilege Unmasked: how to be part of the solution Judy Ryde March 2019

White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism Robin DiAngelo 2018

Natives: race and class in the ruins of empire Akala 2018

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race Reni Eddo Lodge 2017

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