Welcome to Social Work Self-Reflection: Naming Manifestations of White Supremacy. As a White social worker, for most of my career I was ignorant to how white supremacy shaped my thoughts, feelings, behaviors and affected my practice. However, with the guidance of family, friends, and colleagues, I slowly began to recognize white supremacy and my relationship with it. I am blessed and forever grateful to be led on this journey by compassionate, fierce, loving people who named white supremacy and helped me see my relationship with it. This project is crafted from the same place of compassion, fierceness, and love.
Social Work Self-Reflection: Naming Manifestations of White Supremacy strives to help White social workers critically reflect on their relationship with white supremacy, how this relationship impacts their practice, and how it can be changed. I am not an expert. I am on my own journey of recognizing and changing my relationship with white supremacy not only as a social worker, but as a partner, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.
This project can be conceptualized as part of a life long journey for White social workers. This journey will be painful, and may seem unbearable at times. I encourage you to hang on to the mission of social work and engage with your community during these moments. I invite you to enter this site with an open heart and mind. My hope is that we can reconnect to our humanity, becoming better social workers for the communities we serve. Welcome.
Black and White are capitalized throughout this project to describe social groups, with the exception of direct quotes from other authors, per the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).