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FREE WORKSHOP: Identifying and Responding to Racial Microaggressions
August 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDTCost: Free
About the Event
White supremacy is baked into our brains in very hidden and unconscious ways. Microaggressions are brief and commonplace moments of harm where racist assumptions–whether unconscious or not–come to the surface through language or behavior, creating indignity and pain for people of the global majority.
Embedded racist beliefs and assumptions include things like: “Asians are good at math and science.” or “Most Black people aren’t smart.” or “People who don’t look white are likely not born in this country.” Even if you don’t consciously believe these things, the unconscious nature of racial assumptions runs very deep, and microaggressions are one way these sentiments come to the surface.
Often, folks who are enacting microaggressions don’t even know they’ve done something offensive or hurtful; they may not even be aware of the racist assumptions that are implicated by the behavior or language.
Knowing how to respond to racial microaggressions is tough – whether they are directed at us, we make them, or we are witnessing them. The subtle, often unconscious nature of microaggressions are a challenge. Those on the receiving end of these statements often wonder – Did that really happen or am I being too sensitive? How do I speak up when I have so much to risk? Those who have committed a microaggression wonder: does it mean I’m racist if I said that? Those who witness and wish to help may think, how can I intervene without causing more harm?
Join Roxy for this introduction to the challenges of responding to microaggressions from the perspective of the person making them, the person watching them or the person experiencing them.
Participants will learn skills to help you regain choice and effectiveness when responding to improve your chances of creating connection while attending to the needs of those most impacted.
Roxy’s empathic but direct coaching will help create the shifts in awareness you’re seeking.
This event is a sneak-peek of Roxy’s new book, How to Have Antiracist Conversations: Embracing Our Full Humanity to Challenge White Supremacy.
How to Register
>> Registering for this event will register you for all free events in August’s AntiRacist Books Launch Week Experience. We’ll send you notifications about the events, including how to join, and you’ll also be added to Sarah and Roxy’s mailing lists. You can unsubscribe at any time.
About Roxy Manning
Dr. Roxy Manning is a clinical psychologist and certified Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) trainer. She brings decades of service experience to her work interrupting explicitly and implicitly oppressive attitudes and cultural norms. Dr. Manning has worked, consulted, and provided training across the US with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations wanting to move towards equitable and diverse workplace cultures, as well as internationally in over 10 countries with individuals and groups committed to social justice.
As a psychologist, she works in San Francisco serving the homeless and disenfranchised mentally ill population. Her life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer have cultivated a deep passion in her for work that supports social change at the personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels.
Dr Manning is the author of two books, How to Have Antiracist Conversations and The Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism Handbook, co-authored with Sarah Peyton. You can read more about Roxy on her website.