What Holds White People Back on Race?
July 16, 2012
Hosted by Sharon E. Davis
Often the conversation about racism and White people stalls or stops after the subject of White privilege and advantage. In the face of White privilege, how can racial healing and anti-racist work happen? What does the path forward look like? What causes many good and well-meaning White people to get frustrated, give up working on race and racism, or retreat to a false type of safety? Dr. James M. Croteau, Psychologist and Professor of Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University highlights a way to show and guide our steps on a path of liberation from racialized thinking and behaving that can be helpful and empowering. Take a deep dive with us and learn how the mind may override the desire of the heart to remove barriers in meeting, working, or being around People of Color, and in working together to end racism. Learn what really happens to any group of people born into a story of privilege and power, and wanting to grow to greater heights of their own humanity.
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Sharon E. Davis
Sharon is a founding member of the Institute for Healing of Racism in 1987. She has conducted International Dialogue Racism sessions in Mmabato, South Africa, and facilitated a Public Seminar on Cultural and Tribal Unity in Gabaronne, Botswana, and conflict resolution in China. She was interviewed by McNeil/Lehrer Newshour for the “Healing Racism in America” segment.
Sharon served as an International Institute and U.S Immigration Services speaker and MC at Swearing-in Ceremonies for new Americans, a regular TV panelist on “Interfaith Odyssey”, and Advisor and former Executive Director at the National Resource Center for Racial Healing which included being a Project Advisor – Diversity for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Saturn Titan Mission.
Whether Sharon is speaking to a boardroom full of executives or a group of seminar participants in South Africa, she applies her professional experiences and formal training to implement cultural change. Sharon has received numerous awards for her work in helping people unite including Spiritual Midwife of the Millennium Award for Cultural Diversity, one of six “Most Influential Black Women Entrepreneurs in Metro Detroit”, “Diversity Champion’s Honor Role” Birmingham Bloomfield Multiracial Community Council, the Houston, Texas Peace Award for Inter-group Understanding, and the TWIN award as one of 29 Outstanding Professional Women in Business and Industry. She has been quoted in several media publications.