I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?

Submitted by First Parish Unitarian Universalist

Debbie Irving at FPB
Author Debbie Irving will speak at First Parish in Bedford on Sunday afternoon, April 3 – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

On Sunday, April 3 at 3:00p.m. racial justice educator and author Debby Irving will be at the First Parish in Bedford, 75 The Great Road on the Bedford Town Common.

Author of “Waking Up White,” a pioneering book about white privilege, Debby Irving grew up in suburban Winchester, Massachusetts.

Using historical and media images, Irving will examine how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, she explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. Her presentation is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.

This 90 – 120 minute presentation includes pauses for reflection, dialog, and Q&A. There will be a reception and book-signing afterwards.

This presentation is a Spirit of Democracy event honoring the late Rev. Jack Mendelsohn and continuing the conversation about Black Lives Matter.

For more information, call Rev. John Gibbons at 781-275-7994 or visit uubedford.org. All facilities at First Parish are handicapped accessible.


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