Are you in a Racial Affinity Group?
Waking up together in a racial affinity group is not insignificant and often short lived. Here's why:
The intimacy of a small group intensifies emotions and vulnerability. Unavoidably, our experiences will fluctuate from being aware that we are unaware, to having what we are unaware of pointed out, to noticing and even being surprised by our own goodness. When we stumble on the shame or guilt that leaks out when we discover what we don’t know, or we say or do something that exposes our imperfections, ignorance, aversion, or selfishness, we may want to withdraw from the group to avoid embarrassment and discomfort. All of this is often unspoken and can be hidden behind inconsistent attendance, silent resentment, interpersonal conflicts, or staying social to avoid a pointed focus on our racial conditioning.
How you engage within your racial affinity group is showing you - if you are willing to look - how you tend to engage racial issues in the world as an individual and as a racial group. This collective seeing is crucial to understand in a social and political climate of racial ignorance, injustice, and harm - something we all play a part in. It is healthy to seek support when you find it challenging to examine these concerns together.
Racial Affinity Group Coaching provides zoom support to self-organized racial affinity groups following the 12-month guideline offered in the Mindful of Race book or Brave Space program (RAGDP).
You presubmit your questions or bring them to your session. Ruth King or a senior member of her team will meet with you online and answer your questions and support your group in ripening racial literacy, reducing emotional activation, increasing inner stability, and strengthening group experiences of belonging.
Racial affinity group growth and wellbeing deepens our understanding of social and racial wellbeing. The work is messy, amazing, and necessary, and you deserve to be well supported!