White was Invented, Now Set Me Free!

September 16, 2013
Hosted by Sharon E. Davis

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The Irish were mistreated until they too became ‘White’ people. Rita Starr, Founder and Program Developer of Healing Our Nation and author, knows 1st hand what it’s like to be ‘White’ and then learn the truth about the invention of ‘Whiteness’. When did ‘Whiteness’ begin and become law in the US? Everyone is affected and loses something in racism. But what got lost for ‘White’ people? The data says, overall, it’s still the safest and wealthiest identity going. Now is there something else? The US demographics continue to point to more Latino, African, Asian, and Native American growth. Will ‘White’ people always want to be called ‘White’? Is it a cultural heritage or political group? Is it best and safe to cling to the race based invention of ‘Whiteness’? Is there a path to escape, discover, and recover from the true history of being a ‘White’ Person? Escape to what? Join Rita Starr who realized the truth, felt imprisoned by ‘Whiteness’, and her journey to finally get free.

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Sharon E. Davis

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.

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October 2013

September 2013

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