"If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Lilla Watson.
We recently completed the 5-week “Talking about Race & Racism with Children” class with a group of 10 parents, teachers & caregivers from ECLC and the wider community. In the course of the class, we discussed our own individual experiences & what messages we had received and are receiving throughout our lives about race, racism & whiteness. How can we get past our guilt and focus on self-education and ways to leverage our white privilege? We gained some helpful vocabulary to talk about race-related incidents in our family. One of our biggest takeaways from the class is giving ourselves permission to make mistakes while not letting ourselves off the hook for talking about race and racism with our communities, & especially with our kids. Like many in the group, we were raised to be colorblind but we are learning that colorblindness perpetuates the status quo. Talking about racism and getting curious about equity and fairness is like a muscle that needs frequent attention in order to get stronger. It is not easy and certainly not often comfortable. Thank you to ECLC for making space (& offering childcare), the group participants for sharing of yourselves, and to Denise Konen for facilitating.
-Erica and Ben D.