FAQ

1. Why should we keep talking about prejudice and racism – aren’t they on the way out? Hasn’t there been so much change already?

It would be nice if prejudice and racism were on the decline. But it doesn’t seem to be that way. A 1990 study found that a majority of Whites rate African Americans and Hispanics less intelligent them themselves. A majority of Whites also thought Africans and Hispanics are prone to violence and would rather be on welfare than work. These attitudes are not harmless – there are much larger implications. These prejudices not only are the basis for individual acts of discrimination, but they also allow people to justify unfair and destructive institutional and corporate practices.

Adapted from: Racism and Psychology: Why we dislike, stereotype, and hate other groups and what to do about it. © 2001 For complete document: http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/racism/contents.html.

2. Is the Healing Racism Seminar worth my time?

Yes! Participants often leave with a completely different understanding of race. The change is powerful and profound. Past participants have shared this with us about the Healing Racism seminar:

“I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to be a part of the workshop. It was one of the MOST rewarding and powerful experiences I have ever had in my life! The facilitators were so very wise and thought-provoking. I would highly recommend this invaluable workshop to others.”

“This seminar is the most meaningful experience I’ve ever participated in.”

“This was awesome. I can’t explain the difference in my life, in just 2 days. I needed this.”

“It was a life altering experience.”

3. Am I going to feel uncomfortable during the Healing Racism Seminar?

Our experienced and highly trained facilitators create and maintain a completely non-confrontational atmosphere. You will never be attacked or “put on the spot.” The non-confrontational approach is part of what makes this seminar so unique and different from other trainings. Participants have said this about the seminar’s atmosphere:

“I have sat through many presentations. I have never been placed so at ease. I appreciated the genuine relationship of the presenters.”

“The presenters were honest – they expressed feelings from the heart in a non-judgmental and non-threatening way.”

“The seminar provided a way for people from different backgrounds to talk to one another about race, and everyone had an opportunity to really listen and understand. A lot of that had to do with the way the facilitators set up the atmosphere – it was very safe.”