Episode 56: Empathy, Indigeneity, and Facing the Costs of Empire, with Eleanor Hancock

Eleanor Hancock is the director of White Awake, a project that brings mindfulness and contemplative spiritual practice to white affinity work focused on racism, white supremacy, and collective liberation. She has trained directly with Joanna Macy in the Work that Reconnects, and integrates this embodied, deep ecology practice into her facilitation of integrative, race-focused group work. She and Eric talk about how white privilege is a cheap buy off used to coax white American society to support the existing economic hierarchy, how a lack of empathy is implicated in colonialism and the spread of empire, and Eleanor’s upcoming online workshop Before We Were White, which explores these topics in greater detail.

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