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En «likestillingskonferanse» skal lørdag kveld avholdes i regi av University of Edinburgh. Navnet på konferansen er Resisting Whiteness 2019. Arrangørene opplyser at de ikke ønsker at hvite mennesker skal stille spørsmål under paneldebatten.

«Hvis du er en hvit person med et spørsmål kan du dele det med et medlem av kommiteen eller våre talere etter paneldebatten»

Konferansen vil også ha to «safe spaces» å trekke seg tilbake til for de som føler at det blir for mye for dem. Det ene rommet vil kun være for fargede personer.

‘The Braid room is a safe space for only people of colour, and the Cheviot room is available for anyone who needs it.’

Anti-rasisme aktivist Jane McColl, 42, fra Glasgow sa:

«Dette arrangementet er åpenlyst rasistisk. Det setter kampen for likhet og rettferdighet tilbake med flere tiår, og det på grunn av en liten gruppe ekstremister hvis perverse logikk har fått dem til å fornedre hvite mennesker, ikke på grunn av hvem de er som individer, men kun basert på deres hudfarge.»

«Se for deg at dette arrangementet het «resisting blackness» og at fargede mennesker ble fortalt at de ikke kunne stille spørsmål eller få tilgang til et rom fordi de hadde «feil» hudfarge».

Ledelsen ved universitet har «uttrykt bekymring» for sider av arrangementet. De kontaktet arrangørene av konferansen og sier at arrangørene nå har revurdert «safe space» kun for fargede. Det ble ikke oppgitt om hvite personer fikk lov til å stille spørsmål, ei heller ble det kritisert at konferansen heter Resisting Whiteness 2019.

Mer om arrangementet finner du her på Facebook. De har også en egen nettside, hvor de har listet opp safe spaces policy som de sier alle deltakerne må lese før konferansen starter:

  • Don’t assume our identity. Resisting whiteness is a collective of queer and trans people of colour. Do not assume anyone’s pronouns or gender, and respect how they choose to define themselves. This applies for our conference speakers and audience members.
  • Tone policing. Racial oppression is exhausting, insidious and inescapable. It is part of our everyday lives. Sometimes talking about issues of race gets emotional and heated; do not tell a person of colour to “calm down” or accuse them of getting overly emotional. We have a right to be mad.
  • It is not our job to educate you. Resisting whiteness works to facilitate conversations and learning opportunities, and we welcome questions, but we are not required to answer all or any of your questions (particularly those that can be Googled). Learning is a two-way street, please take up your side of the bargain.
  • Boundaries. Not everyone will want to engage in social interaction, physical contact or sustained eye contact. Be mindful that not everyone is neurotypical, and your comfortable boundaries of interaction may not hold true for others.
  • Privilege. Take a moment to consider which privileges help you move through the world (race, sexuality, gender, class, neurotypicality, ability, language, etc.) before engaging in discussions.
  • Volunteers. Please be respectful to our volunteers and committee members, and remember that, as people of colour themselves, they may also be processing difficult content throughout the discussions of the day.
  • Safe Spaces. We will have two rooms available for anyone who needs to remove themselves from the conference because they’re feeling overwhelmed/overstimulated or uncomfortable, or because they just need some time to calm down and relax in a quiet environment. The Braid room is a safe space for only people of colour, and the Cheviot room is available for anyone who needs it. Please be mindful in these spaces that anyone else using it may not want to talk. These rooms will be used for the workshops between 12.00 – 13.15 pm and 17.00 – 18.15 pm.
  • Violence. Violence will not be tolerated. This includes physical violence, violent language (racist, sexist, transphobic or ableist slurs, misgendering, dismissal of experiences and pain).
  • Audience questions. This conference is designed to give people of colour a platform to talk about their experiences and expertise in the context of anti-racist organising and resistance of oppression. Because we want to amplify the voices of people of colour, priority will be given to questions from people of colour in the audience.  If you are a white person in the audience and you still have a question after the panel has ended, please feel free to share your questions with a member of the committee or our speakers then.

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