Shared Liberation: How white America's ultimate well-being depends on the freedom of people of color
A talk for organizers, student activists, and all those seeking to build political power through solidarity.
David has presented at universities, advocacy organizations, high schools, religious institutions, and social-change centered conferences including Hopa Mountain, The LeaderShape Institute, and the National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice. Shared Liberation, David's current offering, is an engaging presentation that can be adapted to your group's specific needs and level of experience with social change work.
In this talk David shares tools for unlocking white Americans' resistance to engagement with the topic of race. He also offers a framework for solidarity-based organizing that can help activists bring together the diverse constituencies our social movements need to win.
David illustrates how white supremacy is a system designed not only to oppress people of color, but to also prevent the rise of cross-racial working class movements against corporate power. One after another, newly arriving European immigrant groups were socialized to replace their freedom-seeking political traditions and ethnic identities with hostility toward their black and brown neighbors. In our current era, history repeats itself as corporate politicians gain power by telling white voters that people of color are threats to their safety and economic security. Once elected, these leaders not only plague Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, but also unleash mass economic inequality and climate change that threaten nearly everyone.
David describes how he was impacted by learning this history and its potential to quell white Americans' shame and defensiveness about the reality of racism by revealing how their ultimate well-being has always been tied to the freedom of people of color. He invites all of us to step into the legacy of past multi-racial movements that articulated this common interest and brought people together to challenge racism and ruling class power. He then illustrates how we can use solidarity-based political strategy to challenge the divide-and-conquer politics of today.
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"[We] must embrace the task of telling a new history of how we ended up here, in this perilous moment. A history that compellingly shows the role played by the politics of division and separation."
The banner photo above, taken by Jack Rottier, is from the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, Martin Luther King Jr.'s final cause that sought to unite the multiracial working class to stand against the interlocking evils of poverty, racism, and militarism.