“The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere”
Can you imagine a meeting of this group? Must be tons of laughs.
The College Fix reports:
University group coaches white employees how not to be racist
A private Jesuit university in Los Angeles is host to an “anti-racist” group that seeks to educate and support white-identifying employees in their battle against racism.
The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere, Loyola Marymount, or AWARE-LMU, describes itself as a white affinity group “that supports white faculty and staff in deepening our learning about the impact of systemic racism on individuals, institutions, and society.”
“The focus of the group is to develop the capacity of those who identify as white to participate in challenging conversations about race or racism without expecting people of color to be educators,” AWARE-LMU administrators Fred Puza, Ariane White and Steve Nygaard told The College Fix in a statement.
“An affinity group is not so much a training as it is a space for dialogue, based on a shared experience or identity.”
AWARE-LMU first began meeting during the summer of 2018, after Puza and White worked with the university’s Office of Intercultural Affairs to facilitate a group webpage and funding for “materials.”
They estimate about five to 10 staff members show up to their meetings.
When asked what specific form of racist conduct AWARE-LMU advises white employees to avoid, they could not provide any specific forms of training, only stating: “There are no easy or quick answers for what behaviors to avoid; what is required is a willingness to be open to feedback, and to recognize that the complexity of everyone’s identities and life experiences shape how we relate to people.”
“The more deeply we listen to what people share with us, and what they don’t share, the more likely we are to relate to everyone in ways that promote equity and pluralism.”
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