Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing

Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing

by Tawana Honeycomb Petty
Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing

Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing

by Tawana Honeycomb Petty

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After years of engaging in various forms of anti-racism organizing, I discovered that the methods that were being used lent to further dehumanization of many parties involved, including myself. I was no longer comfortable participating in organizing that reinforced the hierarchal narrative of privilege, as I felt it to be false. I also felt that it did not allow well-meaning white anti-racist organizers to focus on their own humanity in the process. I developed this curriculum with the hopes that we could embark on a new, more humane discussion. One that is premature, yet bursting with potential. Through the combination of essays, suggested readings, film viewings and discussions, learners should have a thorough understanding of the system of white supremacy, racism, anti-racism organizing and how to shift the privilege narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781983492396
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, visionary organizing and digital justice work. Petty is the founder of Petty Propolis, a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects. She utilizes the various components of Petty Propolis to encourage creativity, re-spirit new and emerging artists of all ages, and nurture visionary potential through art, activism, facilitation and social justice organizing. Petty is the author of Introducing Honeycomb, Coming Out My Box, and the Petty Propolis Reader: My Personal and Political Evolution. She is also a member and contributing writer of the Riverwise Magazine Collective and contributing blogger for Eclectablog. She is a past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, the Women Creating Caring Communities Award, the Detroit Awesome Award, the Black Law Student Association's Justice Honoree Award, and was recognized as one of Who's Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015. Petty is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, a Data Justice Community Researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project, a Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Fellow, a member of The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and co-founder of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB). In addition to Petty's social justice and community organizing work, she performs and presents across the globe. She has appeared on several television and radio programs, including American Black Journal, Detroit Performs, Tavis Smiley and Stateside, and her work and writings have been featured in numerous publications. Learn more about Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty at
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