The first time we held this discussion group was on January 11th in the PJC community room. It was facilitated by a Rachel Siegel. The group included about fifteen multi-generational white folks. We began by watching three minutes (16:31-19:31) of a video “Uprooting White Fragility: Intersectional Anti-Racism in the ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical Foodscape” by Dr. A. Breeze Harper. This content lead to a conversation investigating who we are as white people. Some of the questions that arose included: What is the difference between race and ethnicity? Why is it important to identify as white if race is a social construct? What are the privileges we hold as white people? How is racism harmful to everyone, including white people? What challenges do white people face when thinking about racial justice? What does racial justice look like in Vermont, the second whitest state in the US? Almost everyone participated in the group’s discussion, respecting each person’s voice and holding one another accountable for their opinions. Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group is a worthwhile opportunity for white people to investigate what it means to be white and work to undo racism in the United States today.
The next Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group will be held on February 8th from 12 noon-1pm. This is designed as a lunch time drop-in program. We encourage people to bring a bag lunch.