Confronting White Grievance Symposium 2024

Saturday May 18th, 2024 10am - 3pm EST
Via Zoom

Join us to understand more about the history of white grievance, how it is showing up today, and what we can do about it.

At the core of the racial backlash that has been brewing in the United States—especially after the election of Donald J. Trump as president in 2016—is white grievance.

Certainly, white supremacy culture and whiteness play a vital part in creating the conditions that have revealed how much of our seeming racial progress was more an illusion than a reality. But it is the examined and unexamined grievances that are deeply held by a number of white Americans that led them to support a wholly unqualified man for our nation’s highest office. It is those deeply held white grievances that form the backbone of the Make America Great Again movement and have led to a rematch in 2024 between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

The inability to address white grievances directly not only impacts people of color but all people, as we see the language of our current racial justice movements co-opted by the racist right wing.

This year's symposium will go deep into the heart of unearthing white grievance with a keynote by Hajar Yazdhia, Ph.D., whose groundbreaking work in The Struggle for the People's King reveals that the modern-day roots of this current iteration of white grievance started in the Reagan years and progressed.

Our plenary includes longtime anti-racist stalwarts Tim Wise, Debby Irving, Chris Crass and Paul Marcus, who will address how white grievances show up in their work with white people, as well as offer real-time strategies for confronting white grievances in our communities.

This year's workshops will be focused on takeaways that can be used immediately as well as ideas on relational building in our communities as we work to weaken white grievances. Workshop offerings will be announced May 1, 2024.

For safety and accessibility reasons, this spring’s symposium will be held virtually on May 18, 2024. The keynote and plenary session will be recorded for registrants who aren’t able to attend.

Keynote Speaker

Hajar Yazdiha

Hajar Yazdiha

Hajar Yazdiha is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California and faculty affiliate of the USC Equity Research Institute. Hajar is an expert on the racialized politics of inclusion and exclusion, examining the forces that bring us together and keep us apart as we work to forge collective futures. She is author of the book, The Struggle for the People’s King: How Politics Transforms the Memory of the Civil Rights Movement with Princeton University Press. She is also a public scholar whose writing and research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, Time Magazine, LA Times, NPR, The Hill, and The Grio.

Plenary Speakers


Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country.

Debbie Irving

Debby Irving

Debby Irving brings to racial justice the perspective of working in non-profit organizations and education for 25 years before understanding racism as systemic or her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. 

Paul Marcus

Paul Marcus

Paul Marcus is a white anti-racist activist, educator and consultant.  He served as Executive Director of Community Change, Inc. a Boston-based antiracist organization for 16 years and then worked as CCI’s lead trainer seven years.

Chris Crass

Chris Crass

Chris Crass is one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice and men to work for feminism.

Location action-based workshops to follow. Stay tuned!

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