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WAKING UP TO

WHITENESS

A Journey from Awareness to Justice

“The arc of history is long, and it bends toward justice.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

In many ways, racial understanding and race relations have improved very little for nearly 100 years. Inequity, violence, and injustice are deeply embedded features of American society. The damage, historical and ongoing, is incalculable – and undeniable. However, many are through with being silent and are raising their voices for systemic change, and are recognizing that uncomfortable conversations are a critical part of creating a more just society.

“I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I cannot be free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.”
~ Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Brad Bowers and Tom Houle, the creators of this course, have been fundamentally changed by pursuing this exploration of whiteness, white supremacy, and systemic oppression. Watch the video on the right from a recent ManKind Project USA Town Hall meeting to learn more about their journeys. 

Who Is This Course For?

  • Are you looking for a place to start your journey around understanding race, racism, and whiteness, and how to discuss and engage in these topics?
  • Are you already digging into this work, but looking for a place to further your learning and understanding?
  • Are you looking for a group of New Warrior Brothers who are willing to engage together in these challenging discussions?
  • Are you open to learning new things, and discover ways to take action to create change?

For us to do our work as White men, without putting additional burden and aggression on our brothers and sisters of color, we’ve consciously created this container for us to learn and converse amongst ourselves. At the same time, many of the learning materials we will use in this course were created by people of color to ensure their voices are being heard.

This course has been designed to look forward. We believe that there is an incredible amount of richness, truth, and beauty that emerges when we commit to facing challenging issues together.

We hope you will join us in this journey.

We hope you will stand with us to create an increasingly rich, diverse,
and equitable ManKind Project community.

Your Challenge for Each Week …

WEEK ONE

Establishing the landscape –What is the backdrop of history that informs this course? What is Whiteness, and why does it matter when addressing racism?  

WEEK TWO

What is my place and role in this landscape? Uncovering our biases, where these were learned, and exploring white privilege.

WEEK THREE

The case for change. Discussing the ongoing negative impacts of systemic racism on people of color, and the unexamined costs to White people from supporting the status quo.

WEEK FOUR

Commitments and actions I can take. Looking at what will be required to create an anti-racist, equitable culture, and how to stay involved over the long haul.

Fellow Travelers and Guides

TOM HOULETom Houle
Initiated: October 1998
Metro NY LKS Headman

I am a life-long spiritual seeker and retired Fortune 100 senior leader. Building on work during my career, social justice and equality has become a life mission. Because of the skills MKP gave me, I just celebrated a 27th wedding anniversary and was able to father with authenticity. So very grateful to the men in this organization.

BRAD BOWERSBrad Bowers
Initiated: June 2010
MKP Northwest, Co-Leader Candidate, Living Through Disruption Facilitator

I am a successful entrepreneur, executive coach, and leader in The ManKind Project, and for over 25 years I have studied and applied various modalities related to my personal and spiritual growth, to continue to evolve into the best version of myself. Equality, equity, and social justice are important to me, and I continue to learn, make mistakes, and grow, while working to actively create change.

 

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A portion of the proceeds from this course will go to the MKP USA Men of Color Scholarship Fund

If you have any questions, please email us at otpsupport@mkpusa.org and we’ll be glad to assist you