Virtual Book Discussion: “Me And White Supremacy”
Here’s what to expect:
We’ve grown up with the understanding that White Supremacists and Racists are the bad people, the ones who burn crosses and march with swastikas, which means that those of us who don’t are the good people: We’re ok. We have black friends. We are progressive and don’t see color. We project our frustration onto people who don’t agree with us. We can be sad about the way things are, but…it’s just the way things are. It’s too entrenched and there’s just nothing we can do about it.
This is also known as White Apathy. Then there’s White Centering, White Superiority, Optical Alliances. We have practiced all of these. Just like yoga or meditation, raising our awareness and understanding of these issues will be something we will practice for the rest of our lives, and this workbook can help us all to do so.
“Me and White Supremacy” is a difficult read. If we take the time to really do the work, it’s hard, hopefully impossible, to un-know what we find out about ourselves. Layla F. Saad has created a mind, eye and heart opening workbook for those of us who want to know what we can do about the systemic racism of the society in which we live. Spoiler alert – it’s so much more than we’re doing now.
Our credentials for facilitating this bookclub are only that we’re white and waking up to our own white privilege, supremacy and racism. We are not the educators, the author and her book will be the source for information and understanding. We will just be here to hold a safe space for open and honest conversation, with the intention of promoting new insights and fuel for change. It’s uncomfortable – but a whole lot less uncomfortable than what our Black neighbors, teachers, friends and family have been experiencing their whole lives.
Before joining each class, make sure to read/listen to the chapters that will be discussed, and complete any writing/journaling prompts that are listed at the end of each chapter.
You can join at any time.
July 6: chapter 1 + 2
July 13: chapter 3 + 4
July 20: chapter 5 + 6
July 27: chapter 7 + 8
August 3: chapter 9 + 10
August 10: chapter 11 + 12
August 17: chapter 13 + 14
August 24: chapter 15 + 16
August 31: chapter 17 + 18
September 7: chapter 19 + 20
September 14: chapter 21 + 22
September 21: chapter 23 + 24
September 28: chapter 25 + 26
October 5: chapter 27 + 28
We have opened the door now.
The gloves are off.
We have called a thing a thing.
Now, we must dive deeper.
Now we must do the work.
~ Layla Saad
All classes are taking place ONLINE ONLY! Here’s how this virtual book discussion works…
-Register for class just like you used to (on the MindBody app or through our schedule on our website www.globalbreath.org/schedule). If you don’t already have a MindBody account, you will have to set one up. Purchase a donation option between $2-$20 for each class that you want to sign up for. As this is a donation based class, we can not use a class pass/unlimited pass to make a donation.
-Registration for each class ends at the start of class. Make sure to register for class at least a few minutes before class starts, otherwise you won’t be able to join the class.
-About 30 minutes before class starts, you will receive a unique link (by email) to get you connected to the class. Please make sure your email on file in your MindBody account is the correct email for you. If you have not received the email, please check your Spam folder.
-Class will be a live video feed, so you can join from wherever you are. You will be invited you to turn your camera on to become visible to each other. This is always optional.
-Classes are streamed through Zoom. You can use a web browser (on your desktop or laptop), or use the Zoom app on your phone or iPad (go ahead and download the app for Apple or Android). If using a laptop or desktop, you should be able to use the direct link from the email we send you. If you use a phone or iPad the Zoom App will prompt you to enter the Meeting ID which will be included in the email we send you.
-Please bear with us in case of any technical glitches. If you get disconnected in class, please send us an email to let us know.
-Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call/text (919.645.7070) us if you have any questions.
-Due to confidentiality and the sharing nature of this book discussion, this class will not be recorded.