For this month’s live stream we were honored to speak with Judy Blair, anti-racism facilitator and coach about what whiteness looks like in our sociaty, and how it impacts each of us inlcuding the nanny kids in our care.
Judy Blair is a talented facilitator who specializes in working with white folks within a larger racial equity framework that centers the voices and experiences of people of color. Her services include race-based caucusing and anti-racism coaching, and her in-depth experience helps people and organizations realize tangible results.
As a white woman who immigrated to the United States as a child, Judy has a unique perspective on the systems of oppression at work in our culture. Her immigrant experience gives her some critical distance when examining tough topics, but it also lends empathy to those who have struggled and continue to struggle. This blend of compassion and analysis informs Judy’s work as a facilitator and the way she interacts with people every day.
Judy spoke with us about understanding white cultural norms and how they might be showing up for us either at work or in relationships. We learned that we cannot change our behaviors and expectations without recognizing what they are. Cultural norms and values serve us in different ways. Once we recognize the underlying assumptions in our expectations and interactions, we can start to examine whether they are helpful or harmful. We often have more power to challenge big -isms like racism than we think, and in this conversation, we investigated ways we can do that in each of our lives.
WHERE TO LEARN MORE:
For additional information about Judy’s words, check out these excellent recommendations.
White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Understanding White Privilege via Diverse City’s Learning Series, Episode 12
To learn more about our presenter, please take a look at her website!
If you’re able, we absolutely recommend Judy’s individual and team sessions as well, from the Skype calls to the in-person events, Judy is an exceptional resource and her sessions are always worth it.
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