Will “deepen participants’ critical race knowledge.”
Coming this May to New York City: The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, or NCORE, will feature a “pre-conference” session led by an educational consultant who believes being on time is a form of “white supremacy.”
Started in 1988, NCORE is a function of the University of Oklahoma’s Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. This year, Heather Hackman of the Hackman Consulting Group will speak — all day on May 26 — about “The Body Already Knows: A Framework for Dismantling Race, Racism and Whiteness and Achieving Racial Justice.”
Hackman is a former professor of multicultural education at St. Cloud University who, at 2016’s “White Privilege Conference,” informed attendees that “the racial narrative of White” includes “making sure you’re not tardy.”
Individualism, honesty, discipline, and rigor were other factors.
Hackman also alleged the US education system is “literally killing off non-white Americans,” and once told prospective educators that if they don’t plan on promoting social justice in the classroom, don’t go into teaching.
[Hackman’s] workshop addresses the impacts of Race, Racism and Whiteness (RRW) by first grounding into the body and helping participants explore some basic tools of “embodied racial justice”. We then briefly explore Race, Racism and Whiteness content (racial narratives, systemic racism and systemic whiteness) and how their impacts land on our bodies. In particular, we will conceptually and somatically focus on the centrality of whiteness (white privilege and white supremacy) and how it sits at the center of the overall system of racial oppression. …
The bulk of the day then examines the notion of embodied racial justice by looking at two key frameworks: 1) Post-traumatic Master’s Syndrome, and 2) Cellular Wisdom. The former is a response to the work of Dr. Joy Degruy’s groundbreaking work on Post-traumatic Slave Syndrome and the latter is a framework for embodied racial justice developed by Dr. Hackman. In working with PTMS we will use the embodiment tools to explore three ways White people have internalized dynamics of racism and whiteness and how it shapes their racial justice work. Similarly, we will use Cellular Wisdom to re-imagine our racial justice work in ways that are embodied and dynamic.
NCORE says Hackman’s talk will “deepen participants’ critical race knowledge” and will provide “both cognitive and somatic tools” for attendees to continue their social and racial justice work.
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