Unlearning Circle - Anti-Blackness / White Innocence
Start: Saturday, March 13, 2021•10:00 AM • Central Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
End: Saturday, March 13, 2021•12:00 PM • Central Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
“The spatial politics of safety organizes the urban landscape. Bodies that arouse feelings of fear, disgust, rage, guilt, or even discomfort must be made disposable and targeted for removal in order to secure a sense of safety for whites. In other words, the space that white people occupy must be cleansed. The visibility of poor Black bodies (as well as certain non-Black POC, trans people, homeless people, differently-abled people, and so forth) induces anxiety, so these bodies must be contained, controlled, and removed. Prisons and urban ghettoes prevent Black and brown bodies from contaminating white space. Historically, appeals to the safety of women have sanctioned the expansion of the police and prison regimes while conjuring the racist image of the Black male rapist.” ~ Jackie Wang in Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety.
This unlearning circle will explore the myth of white innocence as a manifestation of anti-blackness.