“It is difficult to fight for freedom, but I also know how difficult it can be to bend long years of habit and custom to grant it. There is no room for injustice anywhere in the American mansion. But there is always room for understanding those who see the old ways crumbling. And to them today I simply say this: It must come. It is right that it should come. And when it has, you will find that a burden has been lifted from your shoulders, too. It is not just a question of guilt, although there is that.” Lyndon Baines Johnson 1965
“Bending Long Years of Customs and Habits” is a three-hour workshop in which participants go beyond the surface line of raising awareness regarding diversity and inclusion to focus on our racial conditioning. Together we will examine long years of customs and habits which are sometimes sexist, racist, ageist and homophobic. These customs and habits often go unrecognized because most of us have good intentions.
Participants will learn that without exception all of us are conditioned by customs and habits, that it can be difficult to bend and rid them from our minds, and that many of our customs and habits are not only verbal but non-verbal.