#254: White People Talking About Whiteness | Eleanor Hancock

Many, if not most, white people don't think of themselves as racialized. Race, we might tell ourselves, is an issue for people who have different skin colors than ours: black people, Hispanic people, Asian people, indigenous people, etcetera. But, of course, white is a racial category. (Important side note: race, for the record, is not a biological thing; it's socially constructed.) Sadly, the white people who seem to have most clearly grasped that white is a race are white nationalists. But now it's time for white people to see whiteness, to talk to one another about it. This, many people in the racial justice world argue, is the key first step towards white people engaging fully in creating a more equitable society. My guest is Eleanor Hancock, who is the Executive Director of a group called White Awake, which employs "educational resources and spiritual practices" to engage white people "in the creation of a just and sustainable society." Eleanor was recommended to me by Sebene Selassie, who is one of the core teachers on the Ten Percent Happier app. Eleanor and I talk about why this work is so important, why so many white people resist it, the barriers white people face when they begin the work, the role of meditation, and the problematic aspects of white wokeness in these discussions.

Where to find Eleanor Hancock & White Awake online:
Website: https://whiteawake.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/White-Awake-325759947539605/

For updates on upcoming courses from White Awake, check our their website and social media pages.

Other Resources Mentioned:
Assata Shakur / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assata_Shakur
COINTELPRO / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO
Kara Dansky / https://www.shambhalamountain.org/teacher/kara-dansky/
Anne Braden / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Braden
Ann Atwater / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Atwater
C. P. Ellis / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._P._Ellis
7 thoughts on “Roots Deeper than Whiteness” / https://whiteawake.org/2018/10/27/roots-deeper-than-whiteness/
Neoliberalism / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism
Bacon's Rebellion / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon%27s_Rebellion
Jacqueline Battalora / https://www.speakoutnow.org/speaker/jacqueline-battalora
Down Home NC / https://downhomenc.org/
What is white supremacy? By Elizabeth 'Betita' Martinez / http://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/06/What_Is_White_Supremacy_Martinez.pdf
Ian Haney López / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Haney_L%C3%B3pez
Solidarity for Survival / https://www.davidbfdean.com/ian-haney-lopez
Defund Police: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Says Budgets Wrongly Prioritize Cops Over Schools, Hospitals / https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/1/keeanga_yamahtta_taylor_defund_us_police
Birth of a White Nation / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riVAuC0dnP4
Who Invented White People? / http://uuwhiteness.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/READING_-Who-Invented-White-People.pdf
Handout 2: Not Somewhere Else, But Here | Building the World We Dream About | Tapestry of Faith / https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/btwwda/workshop7/handout2
White Awake Summer Study & Action Group / https://mailchi.mp/whiteawake/study-support-action-summer-2020

Resources to support:
List of Bail Funds for Protestors across the Country / https://bailfunds.github.io/
National Bail Fund Network / https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory
The Bail Project / https://bailproject.org/
Color Of Change / https://colorofchange.org/

Additional Resources:
Ten Percent Happier Live: https://tenpercent.com/live
Coronavirus Sanity Guide: https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide
Free App access for Health Care Workers: https://tenpercent.com/care

Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/eleanor-hancock-254