Learning Us is space for white people or people of European descent to engage one another on topics of whiteness and white supremacy, working together to understand oppression as it exists within them and around them. We encourage you to come in spite of your level of awareness or understanding.
It is our hope that offering space for ongoing education and healing will allow for effective and productive interracial dialogue, i.e. our ongoing Community Gatherings, where people from various backgrounds come together to engage, heal, and transform ourselves and our world.
“The thought of white people convening to discuss race conjures images of the KKK and other supremacist organizations. How ironic, given that white people routinely gather in monochromatic groups to discuss just about everything—except race—in our segregated society. Somehow, white people discussing race together can seem wrong or threatening. Because of this inherent fear, white people often wait to talk about race until we are in interracial dialogues. This is problematic, however, as many white people are frequently hindered in such conversations by our inexperience discussing race, ignorance about the legacy of racial injustice in the US, and underdeveloped racial identities.” from Racial Equity Tools. So breathe easy and check it out.
This event is funded in part by South Carolina Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities along with individual, corporate, foundation and institutional contributions.
This program is funded in part by Chapman Cultural Center, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commision which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.