The University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and Continuing Education Series recently hosted what they called a Special Webinar Series that was titled “Deconstructing & Decentralizing White-ness in Practice: A Three-Part Series.” A lecture titled “Recovery from White Conditioning” taught white people how to use a “12-step” program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous to “recover and reclaim our full humanity.”
Therapist Cristina Combs, who created the program, spent “years of struggling to navigate the role and presence of whiteness in her personal, academic, and professional journeys,” the website for the series claims.
“Combs began the lecture by acknowledging that ‘I am on traditional Dakota land,’ the territory of a Native American tribe which settled in Minnesota,” The College Fix reported, in a lengthy article detailing the presentation. “She also acknowledged ‘George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all of the other lives stolen from families and communities and our world due to police brutality and state-sanctioned violence.’”
After asking, “What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘white supremacy?” Combs showed a slide with images of Ku Klux Klan members and white nationalists in Charlottesville, then replaced their images with one of herself, commenting, “When BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) activists would use the term ‘white supremacy’ to talk about the systems that needed to change and the work that white people needed to do, my instinct was to recoil. It felt like too hard or too raw of a word, and I didn’t like it. And I ultimately realized that that is my ego … Stepping into that tension and accepting my connection to white supremacy has been a freedom of sorts to show up in better alignment with my values and do the work for the rest of my life.”
In her preamble to the explanation of her 12-step program toward racial sobriety, Combs quoted feminist author Bell Hooks saying that “‘imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy’ [is] the power structure underlying the social order.”
The 12 steps in the program:
Step 1: “We admitted that we had been socially conditioned by the ideology of white supremacy.”
Step 2: “We came to believe that we could embrace our ignorance as an invitation to learn.”
Step 3: “We develop support systems to keep us engaged in this work.”
Step 4: “We journeyed boldly inward, exploring and acknowledging ways in which white supremacist teachings have been integrated into our minds and spirits.”
Step 5: “We confessed our mistakes and failings to ourselves and others.”
Step 6: “We were entirely ready to deconstruct previous ways of knowing, as they have been developed through the lens of white supremacy.”
Step 7: “We humbly explored new ways of understanding…proactively seeking out new learning and reconstructing a more inclusive sense of reality.”
Step 8: “We committed ourselves to ongoing study of our racial biases, conscious or unconscious, and our maladaptive patterns of white supremacist thinking.”
Step 9: “We develop strategies to counteract our racial biases.”
Step 10: “We embraced the responsibility of focusing on our impact, more than our intentions, in interactions with people of color.”
Step 11: “We engage in daily practices of self-reflection.”
Step 12: “We committed ourselves to sharing this message with our white brothers, sisters, and siblings…in order to build a supportive recovery community and to encourage personal accountability within our culture.”
10 thoughts on “University Offers Lecture on How to Cope with ‘Being White’”
What a crock of BULL EXCREMENT!
I was raised color and race blind.
If I don’t like someone it is just that particular someone.
Why would you ever send you kid or cash to a place that teaches hate? They should lose all federal and state funding for being plain stupid.
Are you f ing kidding me. Whoever wrote this should be jailed for life. I DO NOT need a 12 step program for being white. There is nothing wrong with being white or black or yellow or purple or brown or blue. It is what you make of it not a systemic racism. Systemic racism is a bunch of BS created by racist. Remember racist come in all colors!
Thank you for posting this. It’s an illuminating encapsulation of the steps white society needs to take.
I don’t have a problem with being WHITE! If you don’t respect me neither will I respect you. I have BLACK & WHITE FRIENDS—COLOR DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING
TO DO WITH IT. I even have GAY FRIENDS—ALL LIVES MATTER. I AM SO TIRED OF HEARING RACISM—GROW UP & MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT FOR SOMETHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD WE HAVE. LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT*************IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT HERE//////LEAVE—-GO TO CHINA-RUSSIA-IRAN******—YOU DON’T RESPECT AMERICA—YOU DEFINITELY DON’T BELONG HERE. TAKE YOUR EVIL WAYS ELSEWHERE 👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥……
I am doing quite nicely as I am, thank you very much!
Wha t a crock!
The program sounds about as racist to white people as can be. I am white, not entitled to anything unless I work hard and spend the money to buy it. These people want everything handed to them on a silver platter without working or putting in the effort to achieve anything. Racism works all ways and it’s not reserved for blacks. They can stick all of their racist programs and reprogram themselves.
Cope with being white? How about coping with morons that apologize for being white. Tired of all the jokers pandering to the socialists by trying to be something they are not.
What a crock of shit!!! How dare this women force her views on all white people ….People today are so mixed this is to me is race biting and racist!!!
She just wants to make money. These people who try so hard to incite racism and denigrate white people should be locked up. Why is the US so great? Who made the US the most powerful country the world has ever seen? I do not need to go on and on but I will add that I am not white. I am brown and I simply detest people who go on with this rubbish, they are really destroying the western world that gave them their lives.