Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Isn't it enough to be a "Good White Liberal"

16th Annual Cultural Diversity Conference
Morning Workshop A, 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Short A1 Catch a ride on the Global Superhighway
Short A2 Isn't it enough to be a "Good White Liberal"

I love how the G, W, and L are capitalized in "good white liberal." Maybe that's an official title or something. Can black liberals be "good?" Can whites who are not liberal be "good?"

Afternoon Workshop C, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
C3) Lori Buckwalter, Building Bridges Across Gender
The more open discussion of sexuality and gender, along with economic, social and scientific advances, has revived speculation about what are valid constraints on individual identity and expression. How do transgender issues reflect the wider trends towards personal definition, action and social responsibility?

Valid constraints? How can a "good white liberal" even suggest that there are any? If Sam wants to wear a dress and be referred to as "Samantha" while he is employed at Chuck E. Cheese then we should force his employer to tolerate that. It's his "personal definition."

It has also come to my attention that "quite a few" state employees will be attending this conference during work hours and with full pay!

More Workshop Descriptions

Who is sponsoring the "Good White Liberal" conference?
PGE (Portland General Electric)
OCCF (Oregon commission on children & families)
Oregon Division of State Lands
Willamette University

United Methodist
Department of Forestry
Division of State Lands
Willamette University
YWCA of Salem
Oregon State Hospital
Salem Outreach Shelter
Department of Revenue
Oregon State Library
Chemeketa Community College
Child Care Information Services
Commission on Children & Families
Department of Corrections
Society for Human Resources
Northwest Human Resources Management
Salem Human Rights & Relations Committee

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