This group is designed to support the ongoing development of white parents and educators of white and multiracial children who are seeking to unlearn and dismantle white supremacy within their families, schools, neighborhoods and faith communities. Parents of color are welcome to attend and participate if desired, however, the aim of this group is for white parents who have an expressed desire to develop tools and skills to teach themselves and their children how to fight systematic racism. We have chosen to construct this group in this way as the direct result of multi-racial conversations about the need for a place for white parents to process their own racism and internalized racial superiority without burdening people of color with the processing of white folks' feelings. This group will stretch and grow to meet the needs of its attendees and will continue to work in coalition with multi-racial parenting groups when appropriate. It assumes the best intent, an intersectional feminist approach (we all live at the intersection of multiple identities), and an understanding that white people must take the lead in dismantling white supremacy. This group is for parents and educators of children and teens of all ages, though we occasionally split into age affinity groups when appropriate. It is facilitated by Shannon Gaggero, author of the blog "A Striving Parent," and E.R. Anderson, Executive Director of Charis Circle, and Beth-Ann Buitekant, a local family and school therapist. Childcare will be provided and a donation will be collected to help pay for the childcare worker. If you have ideas, questions, concerns please email Eranderson@chariscircle.org.This is a Charis Circle Strong Families, Whole Children Event. The suggested donation is $5.
This group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. For further reading please check out this reading list for kids and teens: https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/books-teach-white-children-and-teens-how-undo-racism-and-white-supremacy and this list for adults: https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/understanding-and-dismantling-racism-booklist-white-readers.