Where Do You Get Stuck? White To White Conversations About Race - Denver

Contact Person: 

Susan Kaplan Send E-mail.


Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Event Begins: 
Thursday, September 05 5:00 pm


Where Do You Get Stuck? White To White Conversations About Race

Bring Your Picnic Dinner

With Susan Kaplan

Two Thursdays, Sept 5th & 12th

Join this smaller, intimate circle for exploration on where you get stuck emotionally and intellectually in conversations about race. In our brave & trustworthy space, you will be able to ask questions, share your own experience of racial dialogues and other things on your heart and mind.

Where do you get stuck in racial dialogues?

  • How would you benefit from expressing & exploring your own feelings of:
    • Confusion – I am a “good white person”, don’t understand the words being used or “my family are immigrants too and we never owned slaves”
    • Guilt – I am ashamed of my own privileges & advantages, my family doesn’t talk nicely about certain racial/ethnic groups
    • Scared to say the wrong thing
    • Grieving the depth of harm that has been done to People of Color in our society
  • Learning how to hold many truths - your own hurt & an individual experience of injustice with the systematic harm and oppression that People of Color have experienced over time and still experience.
  • Do you want to ask questions and learn about:
    • What does it mean when people say Whiteness
    • Characteristics of our society that provide advantages for those who are white
    • Intersectionality (class status, disability seen and unseen, gender identity, etc)
    • How we did not all benefit from the white feminism movement
    • White fragility – shutting down, defensiveness, and other reactivity that arises when you are in a conversation about racial differences
    • Where being the “Good White Person” gets in your way and actually supports our harmful system of oppression

I am calling you in to wrestle with where you feel uncomfortable and when you turn away from these important current conversations we are having in our society. You are invited into reflection, learning, supported conversation and healing. We are needed to step up and become a part of this greater conversation –from around our family table into public spaces.

Half of your fee will go to organizations that support People Of Color, such as Colorado People’s Alliance, 2nd Tuesday Race Forum, Black Lives Matters, or United for a New Economy.

Courage & Renewal and Nonviolent Communication Practices & Principles are used to support reflection, understanding, learning and conversations with your self and others.

Please let me know if you would value Professional Development Credit

Disclaimer: This event is independently organized. RMCCC assumes no responsibility for this event. RMCCC was not involved in its design or execution and makes no guarantees, implicit or explicit, regarding its quality or content. RMCCC receives no financial or other benefit from this event; it is posted as a service to our community and to support others in growing Compassionate Communication awareness.