Finding Freedom through Communication
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 5:30-8:30pm
“I have given myself the task of decoding the culture in which I find myself in time and space. That culture is the dominating global power system/culture of white supremacy (racism). This decoding amounts to turning over, examining and laying bare the intricate pattern pieces underlying the culture and power system – showing in sharp relief its lines of force and determination and thus its overall design. Only by so doing is it possible to see where we are going in the existing dense white fog.” – Frances Cress Welsing, Psychiatrist, M.D.
Willie Lynch has been credited with designing a system that ensured continued subjugation of captured and enslaved African people. It is clear that maintaining white supremacy and domination over non-white people was critical to the success of European conquerors and their descendents. This system of white supremacy/racism has been deemed the first global power system of mass oppression and is primarily responsible for the “white privilege” we witness today.
Some argue that white supremacy/racism no longer exists and that the individual is responsible for their behaviors and life events. Others argue that institutionalized white supremacy/racism continues to be embedded into cultural systems and most non-white people lack the ability to decode and resist these forces. As a result, people classifying themselves as “white” have been able to maintain global dominance over non-white people for an extended period of time despite their being a small minority on the planet. Further, non-white people around the globe continue to be the victims of violence, terrorism, poverty, oppression, mentacide and genocide under the hands of white supremacy/racism.
At our next Talking Black Series discussion, we will focus on decoding and understanding the culture and pathology of white supremacy/racism. Yes, we will examine those people who classify themselves as “white.” The goal of the conversation is to increase our understanding of white supremacy/racism and its actors to better understand who we are and our environment. Through this increased understanding we should be able to develop effective strategies for real change.
The conversation will be structured in a Palaver Hut (Round Table) format. All Talkers may conduct their own independent exploration of white supremacy/racism and share their ideas and findings during the discussion. Hence, there will be no pre-reading; however, thought-provoking videos and articles will be posted on the Talking Black Series website, which may assist you in the exploration process.
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5:30 – 6:00pm Welcome & Refreshments
6:00 – 8:30pm Discussion