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Giving Up Privilege: How “White Privilege” Keeps White Supremacy in Place (Virtual)

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Giving Up Privilege: How “White Privilege” Keeps White Supremacy in Place (Virtual)

November 7, 2023 - November 9, 2023

Tuesday, November 7-Thursday, November 9, 2023, 10:00am-1:00pm (PT)

Hosted by Luna Jimenez Institute for Social Transformation. The concept of “privilege” represents a deep misunderstanding of racism and its impacts, instead of reifying White supremacy and sowing separation and guilt. During this workshop, you will learn to differentiate between three distinct phenomena that have been lumped into “White Privilege”: 1) “Human Rights,” 2) “Systemic Obliviousness,” and, 3) “Entitlement.” We explore how “benefit” and “advantage” narratives—connotations of “privilege”—are counter-productive to solidarity and equity and instead reinforce White supremacy, advocate assimilation, and perpetuate paternalism and defensiveness. We also examine how “privilege” denies the costs to White people as non-targets of racism: loss of humanity, connection, and belonging. NOTE: In this offering, we use “White privilege” for teaching concepts that apply to all types of oppression and the use of “privilege” in broader social justice work.

Workshop Desired Outcomes:

  • Understood how the “White Privilege Narrative” perpetuates assimilation, guilt, and defensiveness, inadvertently keeping White supremacy and systemic racism in place
  • Recognized and named patterns of internalized dominance and entitlement, systemic, non-target obliviousness, and human rights as distinct concepts
  • Shifted from experiencing non-target identity as one of “privilege” to one of “loss” as we recognize the costs of oppression to and as non-targets
  • Experienced the power of healing in community using LJIST’s core listening practice
  • Deepened our understanding of LJIST’s core theory of social transformation and its application to ending racism

*Cost: $427-$497. Registration and more information here



November 7, 2023
November 9, 2023
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