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Building an anti-racist movement among white Unitarian Universalists in ways that are accountable to communities of color.  


A few quick tips for countering oppression at GA


 ~ Don't make and/or Challenge your assumptions.   Eric Law talks about how  

 ~ Ask Questions  -  Demonstrate “Holy Curiosity”

 ~ Be mindful of your (white, male, economic, relational, educated, accredited, clergy,                      professional, hetero, cis, "been around for forever", etc.) privilege in any given interaction          and/or space and think about how to best equalize the power dynamic.

 ~ Consider that everyone has more identities (and history) than you're aware of.                         No one is just a race + gender expression + orientation. Our identities are infinite.

 ~ Welcome discomfort. There's so much more opportunity there.

 ~ Be mindful of how much space you claim, and what that might mean for others.

 ~ Don't touch people (or things) without explicit consent.                                                               Not everyone responds to touch the same way; not all "friendly" touch is appropriate.

 ~ Be mindful of your language                                                                                                           and that there may be someone within earshot to whom it may be exclusionary/hurtful.

 ~ Try to Listen more than you speak.   

 ~ When you speak, speak (only) for yourself (unless requested to speak for a group).

 ~ Don't make a member of a marginalized group responsible for your education                        about issues of marginalization and oppression.  Seek out those allied people and groups (like       ARE) dedicated to helping with that.

 ~ Be aware that your intent will not always = the impact of your words & actions.

 ~ Try not to take things personally.

 ~ Be open to learning.

 ~ Exercise humility.

~ Remember that not everyone has the same information!                                                               Share respectfully if you have the opportunity.



Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) exists as a response to a request by DRUUMM, a UU People of Color Organization, for a group of white anti-racist allies to serve as partners in the journey of transforming our faith movement and our world. Allies for Racial Equity Mission is to

  • Confront racism in ways that are accountable to communities of color.
  • Understand whiteness and privilege.
  • Unlearn and challenge white supremacy.

Allies for Racial Equity Steering Committee's Mission is to

  • Build an antiracist movement by engaging white Unitarian Universalists in the mission of ARE.
  • Foster accountable relationships with and serve as an organizational ally to communities of color.
  • Provide anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural leadership development to ARE members and leaders in the UUA.


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