Presented by Claudia Bernard, Mediator, Trainer & Consultant
To paraphrase James Baldwin, white people are trapped in a history which we do not understand; and until we understand it, we cannot be released from it. My capstone project is a journey to look beyond this shadow of ignorance to see what white conditioning has not allowed us to see: how white people internalize, maintain and benefit from the system of racism in America. This is a journey of love with my fellow white people: to transform shame into compassion, ignorance into knowledge, fear into courage, and denial into responsibility. In this largely experiential session we will dip our toes into this exploration with an exercise to hold with compassion and self-compassion our multiple identities: those of privilege and power along with those of marginalization and oppression.