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Race and Rage: Discussing the Undiscussable

by lablaze75

 

Rage

Planning and development at the Beyond Diversity Resource Center continues with respect to an upcoming workshop on what is considered by many to be a largely forbidden subject. Titled “Race and Rage: A Workshop about a Taboo Topic,” this three-day course (July 11-13) wades into the controversial waters surrounding race and the emotionally charged reactions they often elicit from all sides.

Race and rage are topics as old as the resettlement of America. This workshop is for pioneering individuals who are willing to work through emotionally difficult topics with bravery and compassion. Organizers and facilitators are excited about the transformational opportunities this work presents – particularly with respect to building authentic cross-race communication.

The overbearing stereotype of rage is it being rooted in the loss of self-control. While it’s true that can happen, rage also takes other, highly beneficial forms. When properly recognized and interpreted, rage can inform us about many aspects of the human condition. In fact, it can be used as a tool for channeling compassion, which is a key element of anti-oppression work.

Through expert facilitation, the “Race and Rage” workshop helps participants learn how to weather the often surging expression of feelings (from self and by others) associated with rage. The sessions also helps participants gain new insights, designed to change their understanding—and reduce fear—of race and rage.

As it relates to race, it’s not uncommon for rage to be more easily channeled by people of color. This workshop will explore pathways of entry for white people to find and use rage as a means of inspiring productive internal change and meaningful action associated with race work.

What
“Race and Rage: A Workshop about a Taboo Topic”

When
July 11 – 13 (Wednesday through Friday)

  • Wednesday (11) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday (12) 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday (13) 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where
Westfield Friends Meeting House
Cinnaminson, New Jersey (near Philadelphia)

Click here to register or learn more…

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Quickening of Compassion Cards Offer Renewed Pathways to Conversation

by lablaze75

The Beyond Diversity Resource Center is offering something new: Quickening of Compassion Cards. We developed the cards to promote greater compassion in our society.

Each Quickening of Compassion Card is two-sided. One side features a powerful visual image rooted in a struggle for humanity in the United States. (Some of the struggles are recent, others are older.) The other side bears a short, insightful meditation, and a suggested action to build greater compassion.

The cards promote as much inward contemplation as outward action. We believe that reflection, empathy, and action will help build more compassion and challenge the divisiveness currently churning in our society.

At Beyond Diversity, we believe a core element missing from many conversations these days is compassion. People often feel so strongly about their positions on a topic that they forget the common humanity we share.

Several detrimental consequences ensue. One is that people dig into their positions and stop listening. Another is that we have unproductive, often hostile, discussions. Still another is that our positions become so polarized that we see others with differing perspectives as one-dimensional stereotypes. The result? We effectively dehumanize one another.

This does not mean we should avoid conversations in which there are strong disagreements. Instead, we believe difficult discussions will benefit from participants using compassion for one another as a guide. Quickening of Compassion Cards can serve as reminders to act with compassion, to disagree passionately, but with humanity and understanding.

Compassion is the commitment to end suffering in the lives of others. It is a core feature of Beyond Diversity Resources Center workshops and training experiences. Compassion can open doors between “us” and “them.” It invites us to practice empathy and forgiveness, and to take action so that people are treated with fairness, kindness, and humanity.

Look for Quickening of Compassion Cards on our website in late March 2018.

Article: Decoding Modern Racial Discourse

by robinpar

I’ve written an article that discusses the coded language of modern racial discourse and that offers an anti-oppression translation of common statements about race in the United States. I wrote the article because I was searching for an explanation of why anti-oppression issues encounter so much resistance from good, well-meaning people. 

You can get the article from the Beyond Diversity website by clicking here.

 

—Robin

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