The concept of whiteness has been part of the daily life of American society since its beginning. This artificial racial categorization feels “normal,” and is therefore seldom questioned. The Church is not excluded from this ideology, and for that reason, has contributed to division, pain, and trauma. But, how did it begin? What motivated this irreparable separation? Why is it rooted in our DNA?
This asynchronous learning workshop (online, DIY) will help individuals to learn and understand the beginning of the racial division between white and non-white peoples. We will discuss how people of different ethnicities interacted before this division and how the situation changed after a significant turning point.
What you will learn
At the end of the course you will have learned:
- What prompted the racial division of white and non-white peoples
- How the racial division has been reaffirmed and perpetuated until the present day.
- Why the classification of white people and people of color dehumanizes us all
- What Scripture has to say about this racial classification
This course delves into the history of the United States, where you’ll find that the concept of race was intentionally created in order to separate groups of people and exalt one over the others. It is a historical presentation utilizing historical documents and related video.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours
Note: We strongly recommend that participants take part in another anti-racism workshop (i.e. Racism: Looking Back, Moving Forward or the Blanket Exercise) or a similar workshop before taking this online course.
If you have questions about this online course contact Viviana Cornejo, Office of Race Relations advocate, at [email protected] or 616-224-0809.