Netroots Nation Training Resources

Thanks to Netroots Nation for giving me the opportunity to present a training “Breaking Up with the White Moderate Once and for All” on 8/14/20, 4-4:50pmEST. Here is the session description. This page is intended to provide participants (and anyone else who is interested) with the slides shared during the session and recommended resources.

Download the Powerpoint slides here Powerpoint Netroots Nation Gaffney August 14 2020

Karen Gaffney: background

  • English Professor at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ
  • Author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox (Routledge)
  • Provided prior trainings at Netroots Nation on false racial myths that white people learn that uphold white supremacy and anti-blackness
  • As a white person who cares about racial justice and ending systemic racism, one way I can contribute is working with other white people since burden should not be on BIPOC to convince white people that racism is a problem
  • I’ve been doing workshops for predominantly white groups, especially in NJ, over past 5 years about how white people have been indoctrinated into white supremacy and how we can become un-indoctrinated and develop an anti-racist mindset that can lead us to action
  • Twitter @dividednolonger
  • Email dividednolonger AT

Netroots Nation 2020

Take advantage of the great Netroots Nation panels, trainings, and keynotes! As of the time of this session, 4pm 8/14, several sessions already raised issues relevant to this training on the white moderate. Go back to the recordings and check out Thursday night’s keynote, as well as Thursday sessions “Challenging Media Meta-Narratives” and “Race-Class Academy: A New Training Toolkit for Organizations and Individuals” and Friday sessions “Building Effective Political Allyship with Women of Color,” “What Matters to Native Voters and Why the Presidential Candidate Must Listen,” and “What We Mean When We Say Defund the Police (and How We Plan to Do It).”

Recommended Resources

Karen Gaffney’s page on this website under the Tab Resources on Race and Racism (also see additional resource pages about more specific aspects of racism under that tab)

“Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

“Everyone’s an Antiracist. Now What?”

“As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change”

“White Folks: It’s Too Late for ‘Allies’”

“Patience Is a Dirty Word”: “We do not want our freedom gradually,” John Lewis said, “but we want to be free now!”

“The False Promise of Anti-racism Books”

“White Debt”

“The Black Lives Next Door”  (by Richard Rothstein, the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, who gave this earlier interview on Fresh Air)

“Poor whites live in richer neighborhoods than middle-class blacks and Latinos”

“For those who say, how can we defund the police.”  (This is Karen’s 4-part blog series on her website)

The 1619 Project (The New York Times)

TED Talk with Dorothy Roberts “The Problem with Race-Based Medicine”

“The Origin of Race in the USA,” Danielle Bainbridge (The Origin of Everything series, PBS Digital Studios) (short video)

Adam Ruins Everything: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs (short video)

Nice White Parents (podcast from New York Times)

“Seeing White” (14-part podcast series from Scene on Radio that covers the social construction of race, the invention of whiteness, systemic racism, and more)

Weekly series: “Under the Blacklight” – Visit the African American Policy Forum’s youtube channel to access series on video here or Visit host Kimberlé Crenshaw’s podcast Intersectionality Matters to listen to the series here

Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal: The Ezra Klein Show (podcast)

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (book)

Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini (book)

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter (book)

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (book)

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson (book)