This online course will help you 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 this turning point.
What prompted the House of Burgesses to draw a racial line between people in the 1600s?
As we together go to Chesapeake Bay to learn about the beginnings of the history of race in the United States, we’ll find that the concept of whiteness was intentionally created and has been maintained by laws and acts throughout the years.
Note: We strongly recommend that participants take part in another in-person antiracism workshop, such as Racism: Looking Back, Moving Forward or the Blanket Exercise, before taking this individual online course.
Cost: $35 per person
Capacity: unlimited! DIY, online course
At the end of the presentation you will have learned:
- What prompted the racial division of white and non-white peoples
- In what ways 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This online course is a historical presentation utilizing historical documents.
How long does it take?
If you have questions about this workshop
Contact Viviana Cornejo, Office of Race Relations advocate, at [email protected] or 616-224-0809.
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Comments from Participants:
"[This was] A course that helped me understand the history of how whiteness was created and how this construct exists today in a way that supports the Babel-like tendency of human culture; and in so doing impedes the church's mission of surrendering to the Kingdom of God."
"This course really laid bare some of the forces of greed and power that led to the oppression of many people groups toward the goal of establishing the US colonies and how ideologies, like that of whiteness being superior, were created to strengthen hierarchies that benefited those in power."
"This course has taken me one step further on my anti-racism journey by providing an opportunity to relearn history."