Arts & Culture

White Urgency is Violence: How to Decolonise your Anti-Racism Work

12:00 am - 3:00 am | 23 July 2020
Online | $25

In May of 2020 when the country was initially thwarted into unrest after the murders of Georgia Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, white people and people with white privilege were incensed, dismayed, and finally shocked into action.

They took to the streets. They opened their pockets, they wrote to their local representatives, and they hash-tagged #BlackLivesMatter in every post.

About 10 days later, when they had not solved systematic racism – they went back to their regularly scheduled programme, and black people were still left to the devices of fantastical hegemony.

White Urgency says,

“I just realised this was a problem. I have to fix it now.”

White Urgency, then, is violent because there is no sustainability in that kind of activism or organising.

This lecture is delivered by EbonyJanice, who will delve deep into the harmful nature of white privilege, especially as it pertains to so-called allies. We will discuss:

  • White Supremacy
  • White Shame as a Distraction
  • I Want It Fixed Now Mentality or I’m going back to my regular life of privilege
  • And very specific ways to incorporate anti-racism work into your everyday life

Register here

NB: For Black people attending – This workshop will give language on how to acknowledge and address this “urgency” when it shows up.

NB: This event will be recorded and available for 72 hours after live lecture. All participants will receive a link to watch the replay after the event is over. The link will be live for 72 hours. This is a great option for if you are not available to watch the lecture live.


Illustration by Alice Skinner and quote by Desmond Tutu