A Living Practice
The problem is not people being uneducated. The problem is that people are educated just enough to believe what they have been taught, and not educated enough to question anything from what they have been taught.
~ Richard Feynman
and Relational Education
Uprooting racist socialization isn’t easy or comfortable. Meaningful change requires a long-standing commitment to creating new cultural standards. Anti-racism is a living practice.
ERE’s approach to racial equity is designed to facilitate transformation in participants’ lives and communities. We do this through a variety of offerings: BIPOC-only events, white-only events, and cross-racial events held by skillful visionary facilitators.
“The deadliest manifestation of white fragility is its reflexive confusion of fear with danger and comfort with safety.”
~ Resmaa Menakem
For white people attending our events:
We hope that our work together supports you to uproot the ways in which you uphold white supremacy. We ask that you expect and embrace discomfort throughout the practice of this work. As we sharpen our understanding of our own racialized experience, we are more equipped to transform it.
We will meet with you with compassion– and, maintaining your comfort is not our priority. We invite you to grow through actively engaging Anti-racist practice within community.
For bodies of culture attending our events:
We acknowledge the impact of how few spaces have been created for bodies of culture to heal together. We are dedicated to creating spaces that provide you an experience of solidarity and support.
Our skilled facilitators are gifted at creating nourishing and transformative experiences for communities of color.
Our work is practiced in solidarity with movements for collective liberation. We strive to dismantle the global system of white supremacy and intersecting systems of dominance in all that we do.
We prioritize relationship-building and community resilience. We believe in the humanity and transformative capacity of all people.
Honest communication and authentic engagement is central to our work. We work to facilitate spaces where we can be ourselves, and hold each other accountable for harmful behavior.
We stretch beyond our comfort zones to transform patterns of white supremacy. We embrace the transformation that is made possible by discomfort.
We practice atonement to communities of color/culture through wealth redistribution, and by following the leadership of those most impacted by systemic harm. We develop relationships with Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color that are rooted in trust and accountability.
We create trauma informed learning spaces for people to engage in the healing necessary for collective liberation. For bodies of culture this often means healing racial trauma and the impacts of internalized oppression. For white people, this means healing patterns of dominance, whiteness, internalized superiority, addressing personal trauma, and learning to become embodied heart centered allies.
Our Approach to Change
“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”
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