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Week Six Clip Two for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on May 23, 2015

Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:

What is the affect of a multi-generational lack of access to supports and services?

How could policy change if more people had a say in how resources were used? 

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Why Do "Good" White Women Fear Conversation about Race & Diversity?

Posted by Lisa Abbott on January 27, 2015

Aimee Reeder, a white women and newest member of the World Trust staff team, shared these insights after watching the World Trust film, Light in the Shadows.

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Topics: Diversity Training Film Selection, White Privilege, Talk about Race, Resources for Facilitators & Educators

Being White is Okay. Ignoring Racism is Not Okay.

Posted by Lisa Abbott on December 2, 2014

The Reindeer Analogy
As we approach the Christmas season in the USA, this meme has been showing up in our social media feeds:

Being an atheist is okay.

Being an atheist and shaming religions and spirituality as silly and not real is not okay.

Being a Christian is okay.

Being homophobic, misogynistic, racist ... in the name of Christianity is not okay.

Being a reindeer is okay.

Bullying and excluding another reindeer because he has a shiny red nose is not okay.

A pattern that shuts down communication.
These words poke fun at the way people can feel personally attacked when, in fact, it is their behavior that is being critiqued.  All kidding aside, this defense mechanism is a problem.  If you believe that someone is disrespecting your character or identity, you may feel you have carte blanche to disengage and disregard that person. This shuts down conversation and critical thinking. It deepen

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Topics: Film: Cracking the Codes, Diversity Workshops, System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race, Engaging White People in Racial Equity

One White Dad Who Can't Dismiss White Privilege

Posted by Lisa Abbott on November 18, 2014

A World Trust donor recently sent us link to an article entitled "7 Things I Can Do That My Black Son Can't."  The author, Calvin Hennick, is a white father of two bi-racial children.  We appreciate his commentary, including this:
In my experience, white people (and straight people, and male people, and Christian people — all groups of which I’m a member) tend to dismiss the notion that we’re privileged. It’s an uncomfortable thing to acknowledge that you’re the recipient of unfair benefits, especially when those benefits are often nearly invisible to those who receive them. But when you’re a parent, those privileges stop being invisible. It’s the reason why male congressmen with daughters are more likely to support women’s issues. It’s the reason why Ohio Sen. Rob Portman suddenly declared his support for same-sex marriage after his son came out as gay. And it’s the reason why, everywhere I look, I see hassles that my son will have to face that I don’t.

Hennick goes on to enumerate a list of things he can do "without hassle." For example, walk through a store without being followed, lose his temper in traffic, and complain about racism.

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Topics: K-12, Film: Mirrors of Privilege, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Polite People Don't Talk About Race

Posted by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong on August 21, 2014

Here at World Trust, we believe that it is impossible to overcome systemic inequity without dialogue. But decisions around how to talk about race on campus, at work, or within another institution, can be very fraught.

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed a report which stated that a majority of millennials either didn’t understand race, or didn’t know how to talk about it. This week, we wanted to share a study that takes it one step further, outlining some concrete skills that can be used to build the ability to begin the conversation.

Growing up in the suburban Midwest, I (Ali Michael) never talked about race with my family. We were white, all of our neighbors were white, and it never occurred to us that there was anything to say about that. As a result, in later years, I developed a deep sense of shame whenever I talked about race — particularly in college, where I was expected to make mature personal and academic contributions to race dialogues.

At a certain point, I realized that this shame came from the silence about race in my childhood. The silence had two functions. It was at the root of my lack of competency to even participate in conversations on race. But it had also inadvertently sent me the message that race was on a very short list of topics that polite people do not discuss.

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Topics: White Privilege

What a Trip to the Grocery Store Reveals About White Privilege

Posted by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong on August 7, 2014

Photo Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/43559902@N07/6483245347/">DeeAshley</a> via <a href="http://compfight.com">Compfight</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a> 

There's something subtle happening when we talk about race. What does it mean, for example, to say of a person of color whose speech denotes formal education that he or she "talks like s/he's white"? These are attitudes deeply embedded in our culture, to which people of color can also fall prey, and they're rarely examined. But things get intriguing when we start to grapple with the idea of how to talk about white privilege - when applied to those who don't identify as white.

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Topics: White Privilege