I am most excited to engage in conversations about race/class/cis privilege with other privileged LGB folks. In an activity today we passed around a large sheet with some action questions, and one was about how to strengthen our movement across race/ethnicity lines. What struck me was that white people seem to understand whiteness as a race, while POC identity is more of an "other" community. I don't think such an understanding allows whites feel in community with other whites. White community is taken for granted or communities might be formed out of factors like sexual orientation, religion, common interest, etc. I believe that if white people felt more in community with other white people we'd be better equipped to hold one another accountable in combatting white supremacy. We'd feel safer to engage in tough conversations, ask one another how we can be better racial justice allies, and notice how privilege and oppression influence our experiences.
I'm hoping there will be a white caucus here but I don't have a copy of the itinerary so we'll see! It's been good though! Makin' franz!