This workshop at the 15th Annual Summit Against Racism in Pittsburgh was a powerful experience, and I want to make sure that it gets documented. I am hoping my church, and other churches, and other institutions are ready to go through this educational experience, and to prepare/plan for a blessed change.
For now, just the pictures:
(note there are ten pictures here, and usually every picture is worth a thousand words. that would make 10,000 words. but i don't think there are actually that many here. :D)
|In my thinking this is different nomenclature for what Unitarian Universalists call a "group covenant"|
This is a no-bones about it clear statement of shared axioms
|Some definitions of White Supremacy, as |
discovered in small group conversations
|Great definition that covers a lot. I've also heard: |
"Racism = prejudice + power."
|Getting to the causes of institutional perpetuation is a key to unraveling inherent/instrumental racial oppressions, in my mind.|
Some Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture
- Sense of urgency
- Quantity over quality
- Worship of the written word
- Only one right way
- Either/or thinking
- Power hoarding
- Fear of open conflict
- "I'm the only one"
- Progress is better
- Right to comfort
Thank you so much, folks at WWHATSUP? Pittsburgh
for a powerful and transformative workshop!
I also found out about Dismantling Racism Works
, a VERY powerful resource for doing trainings at your church or institution. If I recall correctly, the Oakland UU Congregation adopted their process. A little poking around their website shows a list of other resources
for engaging in anti-racism work.
Labels: anti-oppression, anti-racism, personal growth, racism, religious community, sacred texts, white identity