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must see documentary: mirrors of privilege

After many years of doing diversity work, we recognized that an unhelpful pattern often emerged in the learning environment. In a typical workshop, people of color were asked to share their stories. The people of color in the seminar had a lot to say and a need to be heard and understood.  White people were usually overwhelmed by what was shared, and moved into guilt, shame or denial.  That left the people of color vulnerable to judgment or rejection by the white participants. People of color often ended up being the source of  ”the problem” without any real learning taking place.  An unintended consequence, this pattern blocked healing and reinforced the fracture that racial misunderstanding causes all too frequently.

It was clear that to enable participants to move beyond historical and contemporary understanding about race, that pattern needed to change and different tools were needed.  This film is designed to support a new, more effective dynamic of learning and healing between racial groups.

The stories in the film reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. This film catalyzes powerful dialogue to support the learning, change and healing of all people who want to undo race-based oppression.  Featuring: Tim Wise, Joe Fahey, Peggy V. McIntosh, Marguerite Parks, Gary Howard and many more.

Mirrors Of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible (worldtrust.org)

Mirrors Of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible Trailer 

Mirrors Of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible (PART I)