Showing Up Whole in Racial Justice Work: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Books to Read

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Immunity and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education by Nolan L. Cabrera

Where Do We Go from here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Some Notes from the Evening


Anti-racist work as calling

Children can’t imagine being something they haven’t seen – be white allies

Race is an invention; to move through it, not get stuck in it.

Tell stories. Empathy moves people to action. White people: Listen. Don’t ask people of color to tell their stories over and over again, it re-traumatizes.

Chaos or Community?

History shows that every wave of progress is met with a wave of push back. We are in the push back. And history shows us that every wave of pushback is met with another wave of progress.

Undoing whiteness is spiritual work – what is our worth without it, what is our value without it.

The Color of Class

  • Have you been expected to lift as you climb?
  • Do you have tensions with other people of color in positions of power or authority over you?
  • Is there class tension between you and family members, friends, co-workers, or community?
  • Are there different values within race that are held by folks of different class?
  • Are you often the only person of color in your class group or work setting?
  • How do we communicate across the hidden differences of class when we share race in common?