Thursday, January 26, 2017

The hard work of dismantling racism, one conversation at a time - BOSTON GLOBE

by  Lisa Wangsness and Cristela Guerra
Originally published: January 25, 2017
Publisher: BostonGlobe.com 

Twenty coworkers gathered in the basement of Trinity Church in Copley Square this month for a blunt discussion about racism in their workplace. The question on the table: How does the “culture of white supremacy” show up in their organization?

Not the Ku Klux Klan, said Rebecca Jackson, a social worker on staff who helped lead the session. Rather, she said, the subtle habits and values that tend to keep white people comfortable and in charge — and people of color at the margins.

Then, the group did something even more radical: They separated themselves by race to talk more — white people in one room, people of color in another.