Concordia College Moorhead Minnesota

Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota held an event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day designed exclusively to help white students cope with their inner racist

The event, titled “How to Embrace Your Inner Racist: A Session for White People” was designed to help attendees “recognize and acknowledge that there is a nasty little racist inside them,” according to a description found on the college’s website.

The session also aimed to help students learn  how “the skills of psychological flexibility can help white people recognize and acknowledge their own racist tendencies.”

“This session is for White people only,” the event description said, adding that “while we won’t stop people of color from attending, they should know that their presence in the room is likely to interfere with the effectiveness of the session.”

The session employed “Acceptance and Commitment Training (or ‘ACT’),” according to the college.

This ACT method is also known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and seeks to employ psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in order to inspire behavioral change, according to Psychology Today.

Via reformationcharlotte.org

Here’s the description from Concordia College for the “How to Embrace Your Inner Racist: A Session for White People” course.

Title: How to Embrace Your Inner Racist: A Session for White People

Presenter: Ahmed Afzaal

Time(s): 11:15am – 12:15pm and 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: ISC 201

Session Format: Presentation with Q&A

Session Learning Outcomes: After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:

  • 1. recognize and acknowledge that there is a nasty little racist inside them,
    and to do so without becoming angry or defensive; and
  • 2. describe the skills of psychological flexibility that they must develop in
    order to make authentic choices in defiance of their racist tendencies.
    Session Description:

This session will offer Acceptance & Commitment Training (or “ACT”) with particular attention to how the skills of psychological flexibility can help White people recognize and acknowledge their own racist tendencies while learning to make anti-racist choices despite those tendencies.

Note: This session is for White people only. – While we won’t stop people of color from attending, they should know that their presence in the room is likely to interfere with the effectiveness of the session



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