Even at my age, I am still unlearning my own racism every day. It has only been in the past 10 years that I have also had my eyes opened to the toxic effect white-centering and racism has on my work in nonprofit practice. In this journey of unlearning toxic whiteness and racism, I have been blessed with community members like my friend Jessica A.S. Letaw who have been generous mentors and co-learners.
Starting this Monday, Jessica and I will be kicking off a two-month “unlearning series”. Together we’re going to continue the racial learning and unlearning journeys we’ve been on, individually and in solidarity, for the last several years by reading and discussing Regina Jackson and Saira Rao‘s book “White Women: Everything you already know about your own racism and how to do better.”
I warmly invite my white women friends and colleagues to unlearn along with us. Jessica and I will be meeting on LinkedIn Live, where you’re welcome to join us in the comments; the conversations will also be recorded and saved, and you can return to them if you’d like, or plan to watch if the times don’t work for you but you’d still like to follow along.
Our kickoff conversation is this Monday, March 23rd at 1:30pm EST. We’ll start reading a chapter a week starting Monday 3/27/23 for the subsequent 8 weeks. Those conversations will be Mondays at 6pm EST. Read, comment, connect with your community on this unlearning of racism in our lives. I look forward to the discussion!