Depolarizing Conversations about Race - A Skills Workshop for Difficult (But Necessary) Conversations Between White Americans about Race and Public Policy
River West Salon
Saturday, December 4th: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, via Zoom
To Register, click on the 'Register Here' button. The link to the Zoom Workshop will be emailed to you.
If questions, contact: Heather Waisanen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.238-5217.
Depolarizing Conversations About Race is a new skills workshop for difficult but necessary conversations between White Americans about race and public policy. It seeks to improve the culture of conversations about race and provide a constructive alternative to the polarized and judgmental exchanges that dominate our current discourse. This can lead to more productive conversations and joint action with people of all races.
The vast majority of white people are firmly against racism as they define it, but they battle over what it means—for example, systemic versus personal—and about whether racism is mostly an evil of the past versus an ongoing scourge. They split over framing our country’s history as fundamentally compromised by racism versus its ideals still standing to light the way forward.
When it comes to policy solutions, many white people have trouble sustaining conversations on issues such as affirmative action, police reform, reparations, and removing statues. Conversations flare up and shut down, relationships become strained, and a national path forward on race becomes harder to envision.
Why a Workshop Aimed at White People?
* Many Black people (and other People of Color) have been calling for White people to engage with one another about race, rather than always relying on Black people to take the lead.
* If White people can't talk more constructively with one another about race and public policy, it will be hard for the nation to make progress on race.
Audience: While people of any race can participate, the workshop is intended primarily for self-identified White people who:
● Want to communicate more constructively about race and public policy
● Believe in the equal worth and dignity of persons of all races
● Are concerned about our nation’s problems with race and wants to see progress
If You Take This Workshop, You Will Be:
● Better at listening to people who have differing views on race, so they feel heard.
● More skilled in expressing views in a way that the other person can hear you
● More able to find common ground when it is present
This workshop is led by Braver Angels Oregon, which is part of a larger national organization whose mission is to bring Americans together to bridge the partisan divide and strengthen our democratic republic. Braver Angels works in our local community by holding workshops, debates and public presentations designed to bridge the polarizing political divide we experience in our country. These events allow conservatives and liberals to get past the destructive stereotypes so we can have civil conversations about real issues that lead to productive problem-solving.
See Braverangels.org/oregon for more details.