In this ground-breaking workshop series Dr. Sheena Mason, author of the upcoming book Theory of Racelessness shows participants how the concept of race continues to be naturalised and viewed as something “of nature,” which unintentionally goes against the “antiracist” agenda.
Over the series, participants will learn how and why racism masquerades as race and, how the utility of race prevents us from conceptions of building a truly fair and equitable society; and Africans a reconnection to indigenous beliefs, values and customs.
Do we need to be liberated from race to be liberated from racism? If so, what of the notions Black and Blackness? Can the abolition of race serve as a proxy to advance the goal of African liberation?
Participants will leave able to do and continue thinking deeply about the following:
1. How to better identify and define philosophies of race in social and personal interactions
2. Cultivate thinking and philosophy on lessening the impact of the racial hierarchy and racial trauma
3. How to separate culture from race and race from ethnicity.
4. How to identify and acknowledge diversity that extends well beyond the bounds of racialised human beings
5. How to imagine and create solutions, initiatives, policies, and procedures that celebrate diversity and stop unintentionally upholding racism and other forms of discrimination