Addressing Race-Based Beliefs: Sleight of Mouth Patterns & Practice (Dates TBA, Summer 2019)

Want to learn a delightful way to loosen boundaries individuals have built up around issues of race? Or explore additional techniques for responding to racially insensitive remarks?

Messages about ourselves and others, received and internalized, form a person’s cognitive map––and become solidified into certainties through social reinforcement. These cognitive maps define and limit our horizons of thinking and feeling––providing certainty about what is real. Racism and the messages of the White Racial Frame are for many people issues of certainty. How do we loosen racialized certainties so people can entertain challenging antiracist perspectives and alternative ways of seeing and knowing? In our two-session workshop, using questions derived from Cartesian Logic, we will learn and practice Sleight of Mouth techniques as a tool for unbinding racial certainty, deflecting and rechanneling hostile or defensive speech, and deepening reflective, critical thinking.

Join us as we learn, practice and share ways to address racially biased speech as it occurs in our daily lives.


  • Friday, 5:30-8:30pm (with light dinner at 5:15)

  • Saturday, 8:30am-12:30pm (with light breakfast)

Location: Cherokee Park United Church, 371 Baker Street West, St Paul, MN 55107. The building is accessible. Though held in a church building, this workshop is not religious in nature.

Cost: $135 (covers materials, meals, and facilitator stipends)

We offer a pay-as-able fee structure---nobody is turned away for lack of funds.

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