Gendered Spaces in Overwatch

I attended a large-scale LGBTQ conference a couple years ago where the first day was completely dedicated to racial justice. It was broken up into three sections: the first presentation was to the conference as a whole; then we broke up into race-based affinity groups; lastly, the day wrapped up with topic-specific breakout sessions. Although the opening session was very productive, I was skeptical of the affinity groups. While I didn’t doubt the need and benefit to affinity groups for people of color at the conference, I had doubts in white people being able to teach other white people about racial justice. However, I do think it ended up being a worthwhile endeavor. It was as much about reflecting on our past as it was learning how to be a better ally and people were surprisingly vulnerable in the ownership of their racism and privilege.

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