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White History Week

April 21-27, 2010.

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White History Week (WHW) in Albuquerque

White History Week is a community event featuring theater, art, poetry, film and workshops to raise the issue of racial identity and race. It is a time for people to think and talk about how to confront the issue of racism in our communities. Entering its fifth year, WHW was started by two African American Albuquerque residents in 2005. These visionary women, Stefanie Willis and Virginia Hampton, turned the tables on Black History Month and created this unique and controversial event, which begins April 21st and runs through April 27th, 2010.


See Schedule and Location Information to the Right

The 2010 schedule of events.

White History Week OPENING Gathering

2010 Schedule
WEDNESDAY APRIL 21st 6:00 p.m.

Pagan Opening Ceremony
Music and Food
More information coming soon

White Racism: We Can End It!

Thursday, April 22nd 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
White people created racism, and it is our job to end it. Through deep listening and action we can confront this major wound in ourselves and in the oppressive society that causes it, in order to move towards a world that is free of oppression.

Art Opening and Medieval Mayhem

Friday April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. - Art Opening

Every once in a while there is an opening, a space in the cultural fabric where the direction has not yet been decided, where there is potential for many kinds of change.

Now is one of those times

Friday April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. ~ Medieval Mayhem

Presented by the Society for Creative Anachronism


Saturday, April 24th, 4:00 p.m. - PECKER

Dir. John Water - 1998 - 87m - All Seats $5

Meet a fun-loving kid from the wrong side of the tracks who picks up a second-hand camera and starts snapping his way to stardom. Fame is both instant and disappointing forcing Pecker to realize that when life stinks the least you can do is get it on film. Starring Edward Furlong, Bess Armstrong and Patricia Hearst.

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Why did we choose this film for White History Week? One of the often ignored aspects of racism is what might be called “white-on-white” bullying. Historically, the need to define whiteness using terms such as “white trash” to separate poor white people from “good” whites demonstrates the power of social categories and boundaries to shape social relationships and institutions, to invent groups where none exist, and to influence policies and legislation. It illuminates not only the cultural significance and consequences of poor white stereotypes but also how dominant whites exploited and expanded these stereotypes to bolster and defend their own fragile claims to whiteness.

During White History Week these questions (and their consequences) will be dealt with in-depth at various workshops. But, if a picture speaks 1000 words, then a funny picture says millions.

Saturday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m.

Some of My Best Friends are Poets

Location: Muykind Culeros ~ 1016 Coal Ave SW

Featured poets: Hakim Bellamy, Demetria Martinez, Michelle Otero, Andrea Serrano & Mary Oishi.


During the entire week for only $10 - 4 different styles: "Ask Me About White Privilege"; "Some of My Best Friends are White"; "You Can Trust Me. I'm White"; "Honky, Please"

First AID for White Privilege: Integrating a response to the trauma of racism on the human being

Sunday, April 25th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

· an introduction to contemporary understandings of how the human being integrates or dis-integrates the traumas and overwhelms of social conflict.

· an offering of tools for self-regulating while engaging issues of race and white privilege.

· a noticing of the physiology of racism—how it is that the body and nervous system provides us with clues about how we are doing in the present moment of confronting racism and white privilege

· and thus how to direct our work with each other while maintaining health and potential in relationship to those folk with whom we work.

· a hope that building interpersonal health and self-regulation skills can provide necessary 1st aid for the trauma of racism as we work to end it. an introduction to contemporary understandings of how the human being integrates or dis-integrates the traumas and overwhelms of social conflict.

Sunday, April 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Movie ~ Why White People are Funny?

Qallunaat! Why White People are Funny is an Inuit mockumentary. Using as its framework the classic anthropological/scientific documentaries on “native behaviors.” turns them on their head with shots of white-coated Inuit scientists measuring white people’s heads and dry pseudo-scientific narrations on “white behaviors.” However, what makes the film memorable is that using humor they have gone beyond the stereotypical to really explore how Western behaviors look to another culture.

Zebedee Nungak (actor/co-writer/co-director) has infused this film with his own interesting perspective on white people’s attitudes and behaviors. The Canadian government used him as a child in an experiment in social engineering they were conducting. He was one of three young Inuit boys in the early 1960s separated from their families in the Arctic and sent to Ottawa, the nation's capital, to live with white families and to be educated in white schools.

Closing Ceremony

Tuesday April 27th 6:00 p.m.

Pagan Closing Ceremony

Tuesday April 27th ~ The Shondes at 8:00 p.m.

The Shondes' Heartbreak Tour is coming to Albuquerque! Mark your calendars for an evening of heartbreak and rock 'n roll and get psyched to buy an *advance copy* of our new record, My Dear One, out on Fanatic Records May 4th.

Check out some of their music: click here.

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