When People of Color Turn to Self Hate
November 5, 2012
Hosted by Sharon E. Davis
Where does self-hate about a person’s own ‘race’ or culture come from? Must People of Color assimilate into Whiteness in looks, speech, and mannerisms to be acceptable? How does the idea of ‘Whiteness is rightness’ get attached to self identify? What are some of the signs that self-hate has become, at times, popular and a way of life within a person or a group? What behaviors show up? Violence? Low test scores? Next job promotion? Is it destructive or a path to economic and social success? Are children affected? The Clark Doll Experiment of 1939 was repeated in 2005 with almost the same results that well over half of the Children of Color chose White as meaning nice, and being Black as unacceptable. Are there ways to disrupt this pattern or feeling? Join Hugh Vasquez, a leading top diversity educator, consultant, guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and author to find out what self-hate, or internalized racism, really is, where it comes from, and some way to disrupt and heal from it.
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Everyday, racial tensions grow. More people want a life free from hate and disparities in education, healthcare, criminal justice, etc., but don’t know how to sort it out or where to go. We bring experts and notables to engage with you on real life and living in this journey. Learn insights and information you can use to help relieve the pain, shame, anxiety, pressure, and hear some of the best thoughts and views available today. We create a safe and loving environment to help heal the human heart from racial conditioning. It starts with our belief in the Oneness of Humankind. We erroneously learned our way into racism, and we will intentionally learn our way out. We believe it! All races and cultures have work to do. Be one of millions that strive for a world where OUR Human Family can LIVE the Oneness of Humankind, and are free from racial conditioning.
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.