Wednesday, April 30, 2008

White People Challenging Racism class starts tonight

I start co-facilitating White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action tonight, at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. It's a five week class, where people learn about and discuss white privilege, various forms of racism, and formulate an action plan for making change in one of their spheres of influence. I'm part of a group of nine or ten facilitators in the WPCR group who rotate teaching the class (we've had more than 500 people take it over the years).

I've helped lead the class twice before, but it's been a year since the last time. So I'm nervous. Plus, it's always a little nerve-wracking to spend one night a week for five weeks talking about the intricacies of race with ten strangers. The first night is always the hardest, but the anticipation is the hardest part. Once we get started, the time usually flies by.

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