Posted on September 22, 2004

The Silence Of Our Friends: A Workshop Introducing The Untraining

The following is an announcement for an upcoming UNTraining workshop:

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, October 2, 2004

1:00 — 5:00 pm

Berkeley High School Library

1980 Allston Way @ Milvia

Berkeley, California

The UNtraining is a provocative and compassionate approach to helping white people become better allies in the fight against racism.

In The UNtraining, participants explore what it means to be white. As white people, we are trained to be “white”, whether we know it or not, and we benefit from white privilege, whether we like it or not. We are trained not to talk with each other about our own racial identity and difficult feelings about race, or understand how our actions or lack of action can negatively affect people of color. We may experience guilt, be afraid of saying the wrong thing, deny having a white identity, or hold back from taking a stand. This unconscious white training may get in the way of working effectively with others at work, in our community, and in our activism. In The UNtraining, we explore the ramifications of privilege and how white people can reconcile our heartfelt antiracist beliefs with our white cultural conditioning.

Insights and tools for all levels of awareness and activism

Suggested Contribution: $10 — $50.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

Your donation helps us bring this anti-racism work to more people each year.

Everyone welcome!

No preregistration necessary

Wheelchair accessible

For more info: 510.235.3957

Directions and Parking

Public Transportation recommended: From the downtown Berkeley BART station (Richmond line), walk one and a half blocks west (away from hills) on Allston Way. Past the Berkeley High School administrative offices, look for gate on the left with sign for Berkeley Community Theater. Go in second set of doors on the left and up the stairs to the Library.

Parking: There are a number of public parking garages in the vicinity. The least expensive one nearby has an entrance on Center Street, between Shattuck and Milvia. Street parking is metered.