Often when issues around race are processed, People of Color are expected to revisit or explain their painful experiences, and relate to White People in an ‘acceptable’ style. White People may feel blamed or shut out, and may unconsciously identify more with their own hurt rather than their privilege.
Bringing together Deep Democracy and anti-oppression training can contribute to processes being less painful and more fulfilling for everyone. These methodologies share much in common, including deep analyses of rank, power and intersectionality.
Deep Democracy adds relationship skills, notices personal power and roles, and welcomes all experiences as potentially transformative. Anti-oppression training teaches us why privilege remains unconscious and reminds us that, even when roles shift or personal power shines, the realities and effects of structural and historical inequality remain the same. Combining these approaches can create meaningful and sustainable resolution and understanding.