Healing Us is space for People of Color who identify as black, African-American, or of the African diaspora to engage in activities and dialogue focused on affirming and healing within this community. We encourage people to bring all of their emotions.
It is our hope that offering space for ongoing healing will allow for effective and productive interracial dialogue, i.e. our ongoing Community Gatherings, where people from various backgrounds come together to engage, heal, and transform ourselves and our world. This space is facilitated by Crystal Irby!
People of Color is a broad term encompassing various racialized groups. The history of the United States demonstrates a unique form of ongoing and historical terror and abuse experienced in chattel slavery and perpetual societal lies of Black inferiority against black People of Color.
Because there has not been a process of true reconciliation and repair within the United States, negative effects continue to disproportionately affect the Black population in comparison to other racialized groups. These effects include ongoing wealth gaps, achievement gaps, poverty, housing discrimination, disproportionate criminal justice outcomes, and more.
Learning Us is space for white people or people of European descent to engage one another on topics of whiteness and white supremacy, working together to understand oppression as it exists within them and around them. We encourage you to come in spite of your level of awareness or understanding.
It is our hope that offering space for ongoing education and healing will allow for effective and productive interracial dialogue, i.e. our ongoing Community Gatherings, where people from various backgrounds come together to engage, heal, and transform ourselves and our world. This space is facilitated by Scott Neely, Cody Owens, & Dr. Krista Hughes!
"The thought of white people convening to discuss race conjures images of the KKK and other supremacist organizations. How ironic, given that white people routinely gather in monochromatic groups to discuss just about everything—except race— in our segregated society. Somehow, white people discussing race together can seem wrong or threatening. Because of this inherent fear, white people often wait to talk about race until we are in interracial dialogues. This is problematic, however, as many white people are frequently hindered in such conversations by our inexperience discussing race, ignorance about the legacy of racial injustice in the US, and underdeveloped racial identities." from Racial Equity Tools. We encourage you to breathe easy and check it out.