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PNW's Language of Racism: Disrupting Passive Aggressive Communication Norms

  • The Riveter Portland 501 Southeast 14th Avenue Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

PNW’s Language of Racism: Disrupting Passive Aggressive Communication Norms

Join us Sep 16th 6-8pm at the Riveter PDX

Tickets here.

What does Racism sound like here in Seattle? Is it subtle? Is it overt? Have I said something wrong? Have I been misunderstood? Why is racism so tricky to talk about? 

This experiential engagement will explore the spoken and unspoken cultural norms of communication as keys pieces to advancing racial equity in yourself and your workplace. Here in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) we have a unique flavor of communication norms referred to as passive aggressive and conflict aversion. Based on WASP (white, anglo, saxon Protestant and middle class), the PNW regionally communicates indirect and 'watered down' sharing of information. This is significant because it is hard to manage for something if you cannot name it clearly for everyone to understand. Tone policing, vagueness, deflecting, blaming the messenger rather than engage in the content of the message, civility politics, conflict aversion etc are a few forms this takes. 

Presenters Fleur Larsen and Jodi-Ann Burey, originally from Seattle and New York City respectively, will draw from their own lived experiences and invite attendees to do the same. We will identify how these regional norms impede addressing racial equity when people and institutions are not able to squarely name dynamics. White Dominant Culture is held together with the glue of passive aggressive communication norms here in the PNW making it really sticky to pull apart and identify racism in situations or conflicts. Together, we will name the ingredients needed to live into a better conversation and take racism head on. 

Ticket pricing is on a sliding scale. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds for this event. Contact for more information. 

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Power with Not Power Over