“Ultimately, white people must come to their own understanding of why it is in their interests to dismantle a system that does not work for all humanity and commit to something better.”
This Task Force was created by concerned members after a racial incident in Claremont and Durham, New Hampshire, at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. A number of us had already been attending Anti-Racism workshops and conferences. The events in Claremont and Durham helped remind us that Racism is everywhere. We desired to display a Black Lives Matter banner at the Fellowship, but recognized that it would be important to educate ourselves and the congregation first.
“White Supremacy is a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources.” ~Frances Lee Ansley
“White Supremacy is a set of institutional assumptions and practices, often operating unconsciously, that tend to benefit white people and exclude people of color.” ~BLUU(Black Lives Unitarian Universalist)
Becoming Woke – refers to the experience of white people “waking up” to realize the privileges they have taken for granted because of the color of their skin. (see Peggy MacIntosh’s article “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” at https://www.pcc.edu/resources/illumination/…/white-privilege-essay-mcintosh.pdf )
Five of us began meeting twice a month to talk about the culture of White Supremacy, to share books and articles and to plan ways to educate the congregation. We sent a letter to the Board explaining our hope about adopting a resolution at the 2018 Annual Meeting (May 20, 2018) to raise a BLM banner at our Fellowship, and we received the Board’s blessing to move forward.
Since then we have been holding after-service discussions and sharing information and resources in the monthly newsletter. In the future we hope to set up a “White Supremacy Awareness” library at the Fellowship.
1 http://www.newsweek.com/biracial-boy- hanging-new- hampshire-update- 676945
2 2017/09/12/oyster-river- new-hampshire- racial-incident/