Many DEI, racism, and social justice workshops and online learning are missing the mark. The mark we are missing is facilitating action. I have been fortunate enough to attend too many of these types of workshops. I have attended as part of an organization; for my own development; and to study the approaches that are being taken. In all cases, I was left wondering: How does this apply to my life, personally and professionally?
Furthermore, the learning methodologies are based on approaches that Paulo Freire refers to as "the banking concept" which is essential"transferrals of information." "Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information."
Finally, in too many workshops, I have seen People of Color being used as props of learning rather than participants who also have needs that should be addressed with the utmost respect. On the other end of the spectrum, I have seen facilitators or other participants dehumanize and humiliate White People. I turn to Paolo Freire once again:
"The pursuit of full humanity, however, cannot be carried out in isolation or individualism, but only in fellowship and solidarity; therefore it cannot unfold in the antagonistic relations between oppressors and oppressed. No one can be authentically human while...[they prevent]...others from being so."