Full course description
“Becoming Human”; a series rooted in the idea that the racial history people in the United States inherit is dehumanizing for all of us, though it is dehumanizing for white folks in different ways than it is dehumanizing for people of color. The only way to “become human” is to confront the legacy of white supremacy, and to work to dismantle the structures that distribute advantages and disadvantages unequally on the basis of pigmentation in the skin.
This work to dismantle racist structures will interrupt the cultural conditioning in white supremacy that has been able to perpetuate down through the centuries. Vital to this effort is the need to learn the history of how white supremacy has been structured into the American legal system from its founding, persisting beyond the era of Civil Rights especially through the “war on drugs,” and leading to the contemporary reality of mass incarceration.
Learning the stages of development in racial identity can help to disrupt the “White Savior” complex, the tendency of white people to engage in efforts that are unhelpful at best and patronizing at worst. Social transformation can happen when there is a collective effort to find a match between one’s greatest gifts and the world's deepest needs (Frederick Buechner). Since theology is a carrier, too, of white supremacy, learning about the “Blackness of God” might also help in recognizing the moral imperative behind this religious calling to engage in the work of social transformation.
- Program Format: Online, self-guided
- Cost: $50
- Length of Program: 4 hours
- Time Limit: 180 days (this indicates the amount of time you have to complete the course once you have completed Registration & Payment)