Having participated in many white privilege conversations, Austin Channing points out that white people become the central focus and expresses the wish that “One day I would like to try hosting a workshop where people of color tell their stories, and that’s it. Period.”

The statement of intention for Not in Our Town’s monthly Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege also reflects that point of view: “Our priority is to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere in which our African American sisters and brothers and other people of color will feel respected and have their stories listened to and really heard.  We are motivated to explore our own privilege and biases and to continue to learn and grow by hearing each other’s stories, so that we can best make a difference.”