By Nadine Godin-Nassaney
On April 26-29, Carolyn Heineman and I attended the 18th annual White Privilege Conference (WPC) in Kansas City, MO entitled: “Organizing. Strategizing. Taking Action. Deconstructing the Culture of White Supremacy and Privilege: Creating Peace, Equity and Opportunity in the Heartland” along with about 2000 other people from the U.S. and other countries. This conference began because of the vision of Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. who is the President of The Privilege Institute. The vision of the WPC is to build a community committed to dismantling white privilege, white supremacy and oppression, every day, everywhere. WPC fosters an environment where every participant can engage deeply, and then bring what they have learned back to their communities so the that WPC impacts their lives, workplaces, and communities all year long.
This awesome conference had 12 day-long and 3 half-day institutes, 4 keynote speakers, over 140 workshops, 210 presenters, high school and middle school Youth Action Projects, film screenings focused on antiracism and social justice issues, book signings, a bookstore, vendor and exhibition booths, cultural performers, and daily racial identity caucuses. The sessions were rated for beginners, intermediate or advanced content so there was something for everyone.
I was elated with the quality of this conference. I learned new information that will help me continue on my personal antiracist journey. I was given tools to use in doing antiracism work/dismantling white supremacy culture in the communities where I do this work. I connected to other people doing antiracist racial justice work in faith communities, schools and universities and numerous non-profits throughout the world.
I have been on my antiracist journey for a long time, but still have much to learn. To be in a space with thousands of people on the same journey was awe-inspiring. I hope to use most of what I learned there to help People’s Church live into our UU values and continue on our way to become an antiracist institution. Please talk with me or Carolyn and attend any or all of next year’s ARAOMC events to learn more.
The 19th annual WPC will be in Grand Rapids, MI next year on April 4-7, 2018. I hope some of you will be able to attend. If you are interested in learning more about how to dismantle white supremacy and help create an equitable community you will be glad you did.