Human Ecology of Racism (H.E.R.)
relating to or characteristic of people or human beings; of or characteristic of people's better qualities, such as kindness or sensitivity.
the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another.
Human Ecology of Racism
The Human Ecology of Racism (H.E.R.): A Virtual Curricula is an intensive monthly virtual experience, rooted in radical Black intellectual and nature-based spiritual traditions, to develop, practice, share, and archive cutting-edge approaches to white solidarity. H.E.R. relies on ancestral and futuristic healing teachings and technologies to relearn culture, and is inspired by two previous projects, Liberatory Healing Circle, and What The Land Tells Us: A Racial Justice Liberatory Healing Experience.
What is the goal of H.E.R.?
This curricula is an opportunity for people who substantially benefit from whiteness to relearn their own human ecology, shifting from control, individualism, and separation, to collaboration, collectivism, and connection. H.E.R. also hopes to remake anti-racism training to be more multidisciplinary, intersectional, dynamic, transformative, and more rigorous.
Who is H.E.R. for?
H.E.R. is designed for people in white solidarity movements to take their commitments to the next level. Participants will benefit the most if they have previously participated in anti-racism or white solidarity work or group conversation. It is designed to change how you are in the world, not to deepen your intellectual understanding of white supremacy or racism.
Why healing for white folks?
H.E.R. is a model centered on the belief that white folks’ healing is an essential part to ending white supremacy. No political systems can be transformed if the cultural systems that maintain them remain intact, and can replicate and regenerate systems of harm. The curricula's point of view is, as there are a lot of beautiful and brilliant survivalist and world-building efforts for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, we need people invested in, and who benefit the most from whiteness, to be different beings in the world for white supremacist and derivative systems to be destroyed, transformed, or regrown. The creation of ancestral and cultural healing spaces for white folks is a means to dismantle whiteness, and generate new forms of being that help all of us.
Compassionate Interventions to White Supremacy (Online)
Tuesday February 26, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This (virtual) space, for white-identified or white-passing people, will practice ways to interrupt behaviors, decisions and other actions that reinforce the daily mechanics of white supremacy. Based on a theory of change that centers on transforming whiteness for everyone's well-being, this space will explore compassionate interventions that are generative to new ways of existing for everyone.
We are using Zoom video/phone conference app. This space will be recorded & shared on YouTube.
This event was moved from The Potter’s House to online. Please contact Richael if you bought tickets for the live event and register again below.
The first H.E.R. series will resume in Spring 2019.
Below is an outline of last year’s experience:
0: H.E.R. Introduction (March 2018)
A 30-minute introduction to the Human Ecology of Racism designed to answer questions or relate needs to the facilitator. The introduction will also address where it lives within the landscape of anti-racism movements, and key questions/concepts shaping the model.
1: Healing for White Solidarity Movements as Theory of Change (March 2018)
A deeper introduction to key questions/concepts, and lineages that have inspired H.E.R., and an introduction to healing justice for people who most benefit from white supremacy as a theory of change for Black Liberation movements.
2: Spiritual Inheritance & Other Cultural-Emotional White Supremacy Legacies (April 2018)
An exploration into the key concept of spiritual inheritance and other intangible legacies of white supremacy that shape our human ecology.
3: A Great Relearning (May 2018)
A close look at how we are unlearning the cultural, emotional and psychic legacies of white supremacy, where it leaves people who abandon those legacies, and how we can respond to our whole selves’ longings.
4: Embodiment & Presence (June 2018)
An affirmative practice in embodiment and presence, in an effort to create pathways for a complete way of being, and shift away from white supremacy cultural norms of dissociation, disconnection, and domination.
5: Intersectionality of Being (July 2018)
An examination into the new ways of being--norms, practices, and values--that need to be cultivated to exist in opposition to toxic white culture.
6: Human Ecology of Being (August 2018)
A courageous effort to move beyond whiteness into a human ecology of being that values and responds to all life as sacred, including ecology associated with Blackness.
Theory of Change
H.E.R. intends to contribute toward the transformation of white racial justice education. This series-in-motion seeks to influence the white racial justice paradigm on four structural levels:
uproot core beliefs and cultural practices that replicate white supremacy and help emerge a model for a human ecology of being beyond whiteness;
support leaders of color, who with more reliable white solidarity support, can concentrate their resources and well-being toward strategic and survival needs;
foster generational healing for individual white supporters for Black, Indigenous and People of Color Liberation, and prepare white solidarity leaders to show up for all of us more powerfully;
fortify racial justice movements by strengthening and deepening the possibility for trans-generational, trans-identity, and trans-global relationships.
1. Healing Justice and Ecology Framework, which provides existing culture templates for connection over control, and wholeness over fragmentation.
2. Intersectionality, as a political, psychic, and emotional assumption, which links nature-based spirituality/worldview, queer Black feminism, and Afrofuturism.
3. Communal Participation, dynamic and interactive, by design, in which content is sourced, and curated by an individual healing practice, it will be further developed, and made more intelligent, by the participants themselves through the series.
4. Solidarity Economies, rather than transactional models, offer us an opportunity to practice necessary challenges and interruptions to white supremacy-rooted capitalism. A model is the solidarity economy used to birth this curricula.
About The Facilitator
Richael Faithful (they/them/theirs) is a folk healing artist and healing justice practitioner rooted in the African diasporic healing tradition of the US. Richael supports movement leaders nationally, in their individual capacity as a healer, facilitator, writer, and model-builder. H.E.R. is the third iteration of creating healing space they have curated for white folks over the last four years. Richael believes ancestral and cultural white healing is integral to liberation struggle, and they are uniquely able to create and maintain these healing spaces in accountable integrity. H.E.R. essentially is a love project for the Black Diaspora. Richael is excited to continue integrating their insights as a spirit worker, peoples' lawyer, creative, and organizer to curate futuristic healing spaces for everyone.