Merle McGee has worked with communities impacted by criminal justice, immigration and other experiences of disenfranchisement. She has extensive experience in youth development, racial justice and gender equity work. She is passionate about building multiracial inter-generational teams that foster humanistic communities. She is co-facilitator with the Anti-Racist Alliance and the co-founder of the BIPoC Project, a collective for people of color devoted to healing practices and dismantling racism and anti-blackness. Merle teaches Race in Organization course at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. She holds a B.F.A. from New York University and a M.S. in Non-Profit Management New School University.
Presentations from Facing Race 2018
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” audre lorde
Our session aims to disrupt the ways white supremacy shows up in communities of color organizing. Through interactive exercises, dialogue and practice, we will share a multi-racial framework for building authentic solidarity among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) to advance racial equity by dismantling white supremacy and anti-blackness. We will identify ways to build BIPoC solidarity for effective organizing, examine cultural and historical disconnection that impede authentic relationships and strategies to be accountable to one another in movement work.
As a result of participation in this session folks will:
-Understand how to de-center white people to enable BIPoC to unearth how internalized white supremacy and anti-blackness impede our efforts to collaborate across difference and forge lasting solidarity.
-Intentionally reframe the black/white binary to cultivate an anti-racist frame and practice to disrupt current paradigms for racial justice work.
-Name and begin to disrupt dynamics of power that shape differences, in order to center BIPoC most at the margins in our movements.
-Explore strategies to build inter-group BIPoC relationships to facilitate more effective organizing in teams, organizations, and movements.