Practical Ways We Can Stop Centering Everything Around White People’s Feelings: Blogs You Should Read

Through this series of notes, I will share links of Blog posts and/or websites I’ve found that I see as being too great to keep to myself.

These resources will come from a variety of areas of service and interests, with the common theme being a focus on issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.

Some of them will be websites that I regularly look to for information and inspiration for my own personal growth, advocacy, and professional development, while others will be resources that I may have just discovered and want to get the word out.

Today’s Note highlights the blog post, “Practical Ways We Can Stop Centering Everything Around White People’s Feelings” from the blog Opine Season.

The Link

http://opineseason.com/2013/12/16/practical-ways-we-can-stop-centering-everything-around-white-peoples-feelings/

Why I like it

“Not either or”, but “both and”. I think employing the methods listed in the article when they become necessary can make a real difference in intergroup dialogue situations where the dialogue has been derailed and reframed in order to focus on protecting the emotions of participants who are white and may not want to deal with the reality of white privilege and their participation in a system that supports white supremacy.

A sample from a post (or posts) from the site that I’ve read, and think you should too.

Practical Ways We Can Stop Centering Everything Around White People’s Feelings

“When the conversation has such a laser focus around educating white people and carrying their emotional baggage, what potential voices, perspectives or frameworks are missing? We may be moving forward, but how are we defining “we?”

“How else can we engage in anti-racist work without having everything be about white people’s feelings? A few possibilities:”

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Ubuntu,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW

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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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