Dismantling Our Culture of White Supremacy
“White supremacy” is a provocative phrase, as it conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Yet in 2017, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times.20170507 UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn Script Final
So What? Now What?
Today, we are joining a large, growing group of Unitarian Universalists who are shifting their regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship either this past Sunday, April 30 or today, May 7, to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. We will be participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.
From this call to action and worship comes from a growing network of UUs—religious professionals and and lay leaders from both within and outside congregations–led by UUs of color and white UUs working together.
Over the past few weeks, many have been responding to calls by UUs of color to look critically *within* our faith communities–including hiring practices, power brokers, and cultural habits–for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live.
“White supremacy” is a provocative phrase, as it conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Yet in 2017, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times.
Here are some ways in which you may want to take action yourself.
The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 http://www.emu.edu/cjp/
Become a Member of Coming to the Table http://comingtothetable.org/
The Hideaway Café An Old Post Office Business Located at 200 N. Braddock Street in Winchester, VA 22601 Check out the Community Action Hub – https://www.hideawaycafeva.com
APRIL 23 to MAY 19—Josephine School Community Museum – Clarke County African American Cultural Center – 303 Josephine Street, Berryville, VA – 540-955- 5512
To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade, an exhibition from the Library of Virginia with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, on view at the Museum.
Extended hours for duration of the Exhibit: Saturdays – 12-3 pm; Sundays – 1-3 pm and by Appointment (www.jschoolmuseum.org)
NAACP http://winchester.naacp-va.org – A membership drive takes place on June 17th
Subscribe to Safety Pin Box as an individual or as a group. https://www.safetypinbox.com
Solidarity & Sanctuary: Options for Congregational Action – http://uucsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Congregational-Action-Guide.pdf from the UU College of Social Justice – http://uucsj.org
SURJ 1.0, SURJ 2.0 Reading Groups – go to http://uushenandoah.org – Learn & Grow – Adult Education – Racial Justice Reading Group or you may contact Marie Francis
UUCSV Social Action & Justice Committee – Contact Gloria Kelm
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) – http://uusj.net/wp1/
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) – http://www.uusc.org
Valley Interfaith Council – Call (202) 302-1635 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Museum of Veiled History Street, 705 South Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601 – Contact Larry Yates at 703-963-8394 and email@example.com for Volunteer Opportunities
What is white supremacy?
- Why “white supremacy” as the term here? It conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Here, we mean: “White supremacy as a set of institutional assumptions and practices, often operating unconsciously, that tend to benefit white people and exclude people of color.” In 2017, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times.
What was the UU White Supremacy Teach-In and how did it originate?
- For more information on what spurred this call to action, read: Christina Rivera “On being a ‘good fit’ for the UUA“, Aisha Hauser “Letter to UUA Board of Trustees” and “On self-righteous hysteria” and the UU World article “Critics decry ‘white supremacy’ in hiring practices“. It has become clear that, in order for us to be more effective at tackling the white supremacy beyond our walls, we must also identify ways in which systems of supremacy and inequality live within our faith and our lives.
Why is our congregation participating?
- Only you can answer this in your congregation but we suggest “We changed our worship plan because we know that large shifts require work and can challenge our comfort levels. That’s precisely why we feel it’s important. We believe that hundreds of UU churches signaling to their own members and to the larger community that “our faith takes racism seriously, especially within our own walls” will push our faith toward the beloved community we all seek.“
How does white supremacy culture show up in our congregation?
- The UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries shared an example of courageous reflection and inventorying of where white supremacy lives in their organizational culture and practices. You might use this as a model to be emulate in your own congregation, whether done as a group and/or addressed in worship. Additionally, this resource outlines some of the invisible rules and assumptions of white supremacy culture.
What is the 8th Principle project and how does it connect to white supremacy in UU spaces?
- BLUU encourages all UU’s to advocate for the formal adoption of an 8th principle.. read more!
Resources for Families:
- Beyond the Golden Rule, published by Teaching Tolerance, is a parent’s guide to preventing and responding to prejudice, from preschool through high school. It is a useful resource for families of all racial identities. The book is available in a PDF format that can be downloaded and printed.
Ongoing TEACH IN Resources
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (excerpted and with link to full text)
- Teaching Tolerance: Racism and White Privilege
Allies for Racial Equity (a UU organization):
How White Supremacy effects the Latinx Community:
- Why aren’t more people talking about Latinos killed by police?
- Subtle Erasure of Hispanic Texas Culture
ADULT TEACH IN:
- Watch: “A Conversation with White People on Race
- Printout and discuss: http://www.cwsworkshop.org/PARC_site_B/dr-culture.html
- Group Activity:SafetyPinBox Power-Mapping – CLICK HERE to download