Academics for Black Survival and Wellness: My Experience
I’ve just finished attending one of the most useful trainings ever. In all honesty, calling it ‘useful’ is minimizing its effect on my personal life.
I thought being anti-racist could be a personal choice and a self-started act of contestation against White power and supremacy. Thanks to this training, I’ve finally realized I couldn’t effectively be an ‘anti-racist’, because racism is a system. And a system that I barely knew.
Thanks to this workshop I’ve developed an emotionally tangible (not only an enriched, intellectual) idea of what being white means. Initially, I had shared in this post a lot of personal thoughts and what I concretely learnt during this workshop; but what I learnt thanks to this training is also the level of harmfulness that performative allyship with Black lives can cause. This must not be about ourselves, even though it does depart from ourselves and from our willingness to delve into and liberate the White body culture we continuously reproduce – which I could so poorly spell out before taking this training.
To a certain extent, the training is conceived for a US public or, however, focuses on the US historical and political scenario. I do not think the challenge should be about how we ‘export’ such thoughts and teachings from the US – which would be detrimental to a correct understanding and implementation of black liberation – but rather about how we generate ‘incomparable geographies’ (Jazeel, 2018) of black liberation.
If you really intend to question yourself, challenge your status quo, and commit to black liberation, click on ‘introductory training’ and you will have access to the 7 modules:
Do not take the lack of time as an excuse. Whatever you do will make much more sense in the world you can create yourself after the incredible personal process that this training is able to trigger.
Thanks wholeheartedly to the Academics for Black Survival and Wellness team for the huge work they put into this training. And for calling me out.
Categories: Africa, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, United States, USA
Tags: academia, advocacy, Black lives, liberation, racism, survival, wellness