We understand racism as a pattern of inequality throughout the institutions of U.S. society, such as the education, healthcare, and prison systems. Racism in these institutions harms communities of color, while privileging white people as a whole. When we give to the NAACP we help offset the longterm effects of racism on families.
White people need to take responsibility for undoing racism, and not let this burden fall only on people of color. We believe that white people have unique work to do in the process of dismantling racism, and that mutual support among white folks is essential to this process. We feel it’s our job to educate and organize other white folks.
Ask questions. Participate in a training on institutional racism. Read books. Become involved in a multi-racial group. Make mistakes. Listen to feedback. Build relationships with people of color. Keep coming back.
We work to create a space for white folks to process issues related to racism. None of us are perfect. We are not experts. We know that real growth comes from taking risks, making mistakes, and wrestling with feedback. We believe it’s important to challenge each other and to sit with discomfort in order to move forward. In this process, we try to speak to each other with love and respect.
We challenge all forms of oppression including (but not limited to) those faced by people of color, immigrants, women, working class/poor people, youth, elders, Jews, Muslims, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. We want to create an anti-racism movement that is accessible and relevant to all, which engages people of many identities and experiences. We recognize that each of us bring to this movement our personal experiences of both oppression and privilege, and that moving forward together involves addressing the power dynamics between us.
We are working for a world of self-determination, justice, equality, and peace for all peoples; a world that respects the earth and all its creatures. We believe that such a world cannot exist without fundamental social change is the U.S. This change must built through mass-based multi-racial social movements led by oppressed peoples and we see ourselves as a small part in this broader struggle for social transformation.