[Hpn] FW: tools for white men working for social change

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Fri, 15 Dec 2000 21:28:58 -0700

From: Andrew Rose <affirmingandy@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 13:34:17 -0800
To: "'teachers4change@groups.com'" <teachers4change@groups.com>
Cc: "'sfschools@egroups.com'" <sfschools@egroups.com>
Subject: FW: tools for white men working for social change

Besides being a white man, Chris is facilitating Challenging
White Supremacy workshops here in n. cal. and sent this note.
Since lots of us go to lots of meetings I thought it would be useful to

"14. Day-to-day patterns of domination are the glue that maintain
systems of domination."


From: Chris Crass [SMTP:chriscrass1886@hotmail.com]

Tools for people socialized in a society based on domination

1. Practice noticing who's in the room at meetings - how many men,
how many women, how many white people, how many people of color, is
it majority heterosexual, are there out queers, what are people's
class backgrounds.  Don't assume to know people, but also work at
being more aware.

2a. Count how many times you speak and keep track of how long you
2b. Count how many times other people speak and keep track of how
long they speak.

3. Be conscious of how often you are actively listening to what
other people are saying as opposed to just waiting your turn and/or
thinking about what you'll say next.

4. Practice going to meetings focused on listening and learning; go
to some meetings and do not speak at all.

5a. Count how many times you put ideas out to the group.
5b. Count how many times you support other people's ideas for the

6. Practice supporting people by asking them to expand on ideas and
get more in-depth, before you decide to support the idea or not.

7a. Think about whose work and contribution to the group gets
7b. Practice recognizing more people for the work they do and try to
do it more often.

8. Practice asking more people what they think about meetings,
ideas, actions, strategy and vision.  White guys tend to talk
amongst themselves and develop strong bonds that manifest in
organizing.  This creates an internal organizing culture that is
alienating for most people.  Developing respect and solidarity
across race, class, gender and sexuality is complex and difficult,
but absolutely critical - and liberating.

9. Be aware of how often you ask people to do something as opposed
to asking other people "what needs to be done".

10. Think about and struggle with the saying, "you will be needed in
the movement when you realize that you are not needed in the

11. Struggle with and work with the model of group leadership that
says that the responsibility of leaders is to help develop more
leaders, and think about what this means to you.

12. Remember that social change is a process, and that our
individual transformation and individual liberation is intimately
interconnected with social transformation and social liberation.
Life is profoundly complex and there are many contradictions.
Remember that the path we travel is guided by love, dignity and
respect - even when it is bumpy and difficult to navigate.

13. This list is not limited to white guys, nor is it intended to
reduce all white guys into one category.  This list is intended to
disrupt patterns of domination which hurt our movement and hurt each
other.  White guys have a lot of work to do, but it is the kind of
work that makes life worth living.

14. Day-to-day patterns of domination are the glue that maintain
systems of domination.  The struggle against capitalism, white
supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism and the state, is also the
struggle towards collective liberation.

15. No one is free until all of us are free.

>From the Colours of Resistance webpage http://www.tao.ca/~colours

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