Anti-Racism Discussion Group Tuesday,
9/3/19 6-8pm. Topic: TheCentral Park Five
1989 arrest, interrogation and coerced confessions of 5 teenage boys of color,
who were accused of the vicious attack of a woman jogging in Central Park. This and subsequent events are portrayed in
the recent Netflix 4 part series “When They See Us” written and directed
by Ava DuVernay. If you haven’t seen
this, consider spending the time and energy to watch it. On 9/3 we will be viewing Oprah’s
Interview of the 5 exonerated men, followed by discussion of the personal
cost of the misuse of power in our judicial system. All are welcome.
Following the Civil Rights Movement of the
60s, the concepts of “only bad people are racist” and “racism was reduced to
simple extreme acts of racial prejudice,” like those seen in the 2017
Charlottesville, Virginia’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally. Therefore to suggest that a white person is a
racist or is complicit with racism is to attack their character, thus one is
likely to get a defensive reaction that DiAngelo refers to as “white
fragility”, as the white person demands or manuvers to be validated as a ‘good
person’. Robin DiAngelo states that
racism is a structure not an event.
White supremacy is an overarching political, economic and social system
of domination based on racial categories that benefits those defined those
defined and perceived as white. (p. 31)
Racism is a deeply embedded ideology of our culture. Everything about it from our education to our
use of money and where we live is has been dictated by this structure. Even if
we wanted to we cannot escape its impact on us.
We must educate ourselves about and find ways to counter the culture
within which we have gathered our experiences.
This is a lifelong experience of learning the truth and unlearning the
At the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 10th there was a unanimous vote to place a Black Lives Matter/Siding With Love (formerly known as Standing on the Side of Love) banner/sign) on the Meetinghouse/Church building. The type of banner/sign will be determined by the Anti-Racism Discussion group and the Social Justice Council. Our goal is to do the research during the summer and have the banner/sign ready for installing in September.
One of the greatest responses to the “Black Lives Matter” statement is “But don’t all lives matter?”
I give you two potential responses to consider:
One that was placed on a UU Church’s Black Lives Matter banner: “Of course all lives matter….we believe that every individual is important and every person deserves to be treated with justice and compassion. We live, however, in a society that often suggests otherwise. Because of the continuing injustice and violence disproportionately faced by people of color, we affirm that Black Lives Matter.”