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‘Internalised racism’ meetings could continue –CURB member

Anti-racism group Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB) could host regular sessions on internalised racism based on popular demand.

CURB member Cordell Riley said the group had originally intended to host one meeting, titled A Discussion for Black Bermudians.

It has now hosted three with a fourth taking place on Wednesday.

Mr Riley said the idea came from a US conference on white privilege he attended with activist Eva Hodgson.

He said he was introduced to a process called re-evaluation conferencing, through which participants talk through their issues with their peers, at that time.

“Dr Hodgson knew that this was an issue that needed to be tackled, but it was then that she said she knew how to crystallise this,” he said.

“The initial intent was to bring a solution or potential solution, re-evaluation counselling, to people so they have the skills themselves that they need to remedy the issue.

“After we did the first one, we didn’t have the time to get around to the re-evaluation counselling, so we organised a second meeting for that.

“We did that and people said ‘You can’t stop. We have to continue with this process. We have to continue this, even if it’s just once a month.’

“We didn’t envision going beyond one session and now we have had three.”

A Discussion for Black Bermudians Part 4 Planning Session for Internalised Racism will be held Wednesday at the Leopard’s Club from 7pm to 9pm.

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Published August 22, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 22, 2011 at 10:13 am)

‘Internalised racism’ meetings could continue –CURB member

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