White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action
White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action (WPCR) brings people together to examine white privilege and racism in order to galvanize them to anti-racist action. Our mission is to provide people with tools and resources to challenge and change attitudes and actions that perpetuate racism. While our focus is on white people’s role in dismantling racism, our courses are open to everyone who is committed to achieving racial justice.
In the United States today, structural racism pervades all our major institutions and power continues to be concentrated among white people. This reality betrays our nation’s founding principal of liberty and justice for all. While white people today did not have a hand in creating or institutionalizing racism, all of white society benefits from and is complicit in the continuation of such institutions. We, the facilitators of the course White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action (WPCR), believe that all people who value social justice must work to dismantle these systems if equal opportunity is to prevail. We take our cue from Malcolm X’s famous words of advice that white people need to fight racism in their own communities. WPCR was founded to provide white people with tools and resources to challenge and change attitudes and actions that perpetuate racism.
Who we are and What we do
White People Challenging Racism (WPCR) is a grassroots course, co-led by a network of facilitators who first took the class, and then were invited to co-lead it. WPCR seeks to build a racially just society through providing the information, skills, and resources needed to spur people to action in standing up against racism. People of all heritages are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism.
WPCR’s five-part workshop consists of weekly two-hour meetings over the course of five weeks. Workshops are led by pairs of facilitators and aim to help participants gain the racial self-awareness needed for genuine participation in multiracial communities. Through readings, exercises, discussion, and real world assignments, participants’ build skills and confidence in confronting racism. We strive to keep the course timely, thought-provoking, and action-oriented.
Since 1999, the course has drawn more than 1,500 participants, ages 13 to 81, from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Initially developed (and still offered) at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (www.CCAE.org), WPCR has been offered at adult education programs and college campuses in the Boston area, and has been adapted for teachers, law enforcement, public servants, social service providers, and others.
Our work is supported, in part, by Community Change, Inc. and the Haymarket People’s Fund, as well as a network of individuals committed to keeping the course timely, thought-provoking, and action-oriented.