For many white women, the idea of niceness is ingrained from an early age as a virtue. But what exactly does it mean to be nice? Does it require silence? An avoidance of anything supposedly unpleasant? An uncritical going with the flow?
Join Regina Jackson and Saira Rao, authors of White Women: Everything You Already Know About Your Own Racism and How to Do Better, for deep, honest, unflinching conversation about the culture of niceness as part and parcel of white supremacy. Over four sessions, participants will explore the ways that self-identifying white women deny, defend, and deflect the presence of white supremacy in their everyday lives, and the ways in which they may perpetuate it. Presented by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, this Salons at Stowe series challenges white women to critically examine their participation in white supremacy as an important step in committing to the work of racial justice.
While designed with the demographic of white identifying women in mind, anyone fifteen years of age and older is welcome and may register for this program. REGISTRATION INCLUDES ALL FOUR SESSIONS and participants should plan to attend each one, though it is not required. A copy of the book, White Women: Everything You Already Know About Your Own Racism and How to Do Better, is required. Participants are encouraged to purchase a copy through the Stowe Center or through their favorite Black-owned or non-Black Person of Color-owned bookstore.
Cost: SOLD OUT
$16 to purchase and pick up at Museum Store
$20.50 to purchase book for mail delivery
April 13: Acknowledging Truth with Lisa Bond
May 11: Deflecting, Gaslighting, and Exceptionalizing with Regina Jackson
June 8: Whiteness, Whitesplaining, and Colorism with Regina Jackson and Saira Rao
July 6: Spiritual Bypassing and Toxic Positivity with Saira Rao
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Local Black and non-Black POC-owned bookstores:
The Key Bookstore, Hartford, CT
Bingham’s Books and Culture, New Haven, CT
Reader’s Block, Stratford, CT
Olive Tree Books-n-Voices, Springfield, MA
Making Worlds Bookstore and Social Center, Philadelphia, PA
Café con Libros, Brooklyn, NY
The Bronx Is Reading, Bronx, NY
Hudson Valley Books for Humanity, Ossining, NY (Only available for pre-ordering)
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Communiteria, New York, NY (Order online, pick up in store)
Kindred Thoughts, Bridgeport, CT (Book currently backordered)
Above Images Attribution: Jaymie Alexander, Jaymie’s Touch Photography