“Different Struggles, Same Fight”
Wednesday, July 15
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Color Me Human
Color me Human, is for everyone who cares about the wellbeing of all families, friends, and members of our community. Tracy Pepper, a past member of the BPW scholarship committee, is the Founder and Executive Director of Color Me Human. Focused on bringing awareness and unity to our small town and beyond, Color Me Human has gained support and leadership from our county’s youth, as well as people of all backgrounds and heritage, who care about uniting our community in love, respect, and safety for all.
Color Me Human aims to create a richer understanding of biases that many people face here in Nevada County. The recent global focus on issues of prejudices, racism, and systemic oppression following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many more before them, shine a light on how much work there is yet to do to dismantle racism.
The underrepresented members of our community have shouldered this task, silently enduring biases, or when we do speak out, we are often shut down, advised to “just get over it,” or told, “it’s just your imagination.” Many seem surprised at the vitriolic, racist, and hateful comments of those in this community – our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors. One need only look at recent events in America and on social media to see the magnitude and depth of racism and how it permeates society at every level.
Amongst us, some want to work for change but do not know how or where to get involved and want to learn about and explore their own biases. Color Me Human convenes safer spaces for, and facilitates, difficult conversations and offers a series of racial literacy workshops that explore systemic oppression, racism, and implicit and explicit biases. Beginning this Fall, we will offer a series of workshops, including Building Racial Literacy 101, tailored for individuals, community organizations, corporations, and government agencies.
We believe It imperative people to begin to explore their biases and learn of the systemic oppression of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, LBGTQ+ folks, and other underrepresented community members. Through inclusive and accessible workshops and conversations, Color Me Human aspires to overcome this ignorance and step toward a future that allows for discussion and understanding about differences and how we can come together to create a genuinely safe and inclusive space for everyone.
For more information, visit www.colormehuman.org
by Tracy Pepper