Socialization and Racial Justice

Talking about racial justice cannot happen without taking account of whiteness and white privilege. Naming whiteness, describing how it operates in people’s lives, and examining how its benefits shape perceptions of the world is difficult work. It needs to start with what Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz calls “archaeology of the self” – a deep analysis of personal experiences, upbringing, and early encounters with difference. This presentation guides participants through a self-reflection on how socialization forces affected their perceptions of difference and invites them to explore how naming those influences opens opportunities for creating change.