How do we talk about being white? Can blueberry iced tea and a stethoscope help?
White Conversations For Racial Healing is an artivist action developed by Jen Abrams and Sara Roer. Our intention is to use the metaphor of disease and healing to help white people understand whiteness as a race and a culture that holds racial inequality in place - usually without the consent or awareness of individual white people. We want to help white people see how they can actively participate in dismantling structural racism in the United States. These Conversations are compassionate and non-judgemental, and expressly acknowledge the good intentions of most white people.
Each participant will fill out an “intake” questionnaire, continue through a one-on-one conversation and “diagnosis” with a facilitator, and leave with a set of self-chosen “therapeutic” actions. Participants may report back on their experiences with the project and with their actions on this website.
Jen Abrams is a multi-disciplinary performance-maker, longtime member of WOW Cafe Theater, mother, and co-founder of OurGoods.org, a resource-sharing organization for creative people. Her last creative project can be found at www.anyresemblance.org. Her desire to work for racial justice is ultimately rooted in a yearning for all people to be able to be more authentically human.
Gustav Gauntlett is a Teaching Artist, basketball player, and community member in Sunset Park. He is part of the European Dissent White Anti-Racist Group under the leadership of the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and loves using theater as a way to discuss racism, ultimately to break it down. Much love to everyone!
Amanda Murray graduated from UNC at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s in Theater. She has recently moved to the NYC area to pursue a career in acting. Amanda has attended workshops and taken classes on intersectional social justice and is passionate about creating art for those whose stories are often swept aside. Her upcoming projects include an internship with NYCFringe where she will continue to accommodate making these stories accessible. If you would like to see more of her work, you can find her at PF Chang’s in West New York, NJ.
Sara Roer is a dancer who's working as the rehearsal director/dancer for danceTactics by Keith Thompson and as a founding dancer with b3w (Emily Berry). She's also worn many hats at Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 2008, including Operations Manager since 2012, where the organization's mission is to treat every person as an artist in progress. Sara is also a Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner. Her yearning for connection with other people and passion for the environment led her to prioritizing antiracist work in her activism. The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond continues to be a primary guide and inspiration.