Human Ecology of Racism (H.E.R.)

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hu·man

relating to or characteristic of people or human beings; of or characteristic of people's better qualities, such as kindness or sensitivity.

e·col·o·gy

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.


Upcoming Experiences

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All events are available to the public. Select the event to learn more and register. Sustainers enjoy free or heavily discounted registration. 

September 2018: A Conversation with Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker

October 14, 2018: Human Ecology of Racism Daylong at Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary


Series

The first H.E.R. series ran from March - August 2018 and will resume early in 2019.  Join the experience at anytime to access the webinar videos, bridge curricula, and other content. 

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.


About H.E.R.'s Solidarity Economy

H.E.R. A Virtual Curricula, is supported by a solidarity economy. This form of economy avoids a “retail value” of a “product” in which a participant makes a one-time transaction for consumption. 

Instead, participants are asked to become monthly sustainers to Richael Faithful’s healing practice at any level.

As a practice of solidarity economy, please consider both the importance of this work and your ability and access to material resources, when making a choice about your role as a sustainer.

Once you join as a sustainer, you will join the HER participant newsletter, and gain access to the Facebook Group & listserv. 


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.


Values

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.


Kind Words

When I signed up for What the Land Tells Us, I was expecting to hear about land use from a historical perspective and how the thread of colonialism ran through it all. This was certainly a part of it, yet what I experienced was far richer than I had anticipated. Using the web of life as a moral compass of how things ought to be in a sane world, I was able to see how separated we have  become from our own true nature as a species, especially in regards to how we treat each other, and how to find our way back.
— Hillary Banachowski about the precursor to The Human Ecology of Racism
I was struck by the grounded wisdom manifested in Richael’s facilitation. Richael is able to weave deep empathic listening, with incisive socio-political analysis, and open into expansive visioning gracefully. The experience was a journey into the tangled webs of white supremacy, as it lives in our bodies and the land. I felt we were held with great compassion, and brave community as we touched into the pain and wisdom we carry from our ancestors. Richael was skilled at teasing out the complex layers of the stories each participant shared, holding a powerful mirror up to the shrouded corners of our minds and blind spots of our narratives, providing openings into deep healing. The lens of ecology that Richael offered for us as a paradigm shift away from white supremacist culture and logic was a revelation for me—so clear and so transformative. They reminded us that we are ecological beings: multiple, complex, dynamic and always in relation. How do we live more fully into this human ecology? This is the work that needs to be happening.
— Julia Metzger-Traber about the precursor to The Human Ecology of Racism

About The Facilitator 

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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, and as a co-founder/member of the Oxalis Collective.  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.