Who We Are and What We Believe
We are people who have been socialized to identify as “white.” We realize that this identity is rooted in white supremacy and has served as a tool of oppression for hundreds of years in the U.S. We recognize that while we have many social and economic “privileges,” we have paid a great cost by having the humanity we share with all people distorted by being indoctrinated into a system of white supremacy. In order to dismantle white supremacy, and to work for racial equity, we know that we must educate one another, reflect upon and deepen our own awareness and actions, and be accountable to people of color.
Cultivating greater racial competency and examining the ways in which we consciously or unconsciously enact our own white privilege can be difficult and uncomfortable. Our monthly meetings (2nd Saturday) are designed for white people to take risks, and to dig deep, as we examine white privilege more critically and personally. These meetings are not designed for people of color, as it can be painful to listen to white people struggle and stumble. Also, there is often a tendency to put the burden of educating white people onto people of color in the room.
We believe it is crucial that we take on this burden ourselves, and do the hard work of educating ourselves and one another. We hold other gatherings that are designed to be multiracial: video discussions and a monthly book group, as well as occasional panels and trainings. We share resources on our website and Facebook page, and collaborate with other local and national groups (SURJ, NCBI, NAACP, etc.). We welcome everyone to join us for these activities.
This group is not a replacement for multi-racial activism — far from it. But, we need to do our work. White supremacy is our problem as white people. We created it and we benefit from it and so we must work to dismantle it. Whites for Racial Equity (whites working on awareness, reflection, and action).
Three Monthly Activities:
WRE Working Meeting (whites working on awareness, reflection, and action) – Second Saturday
Anti-racist book club co-sponsored with Unitarian Universalist Church (7-9 PM) – bring friends – First Tuesday
Anti-racist video night & discussion – co-sponsored with Unitarian Universalist Church (7-9 PM) – bring friends – Third Thursday
Join us on Facebook everyday.
Featured Events and Resources
Stop Racism, Stand Up for Justice: A Vigil of Remembrance and Resistance. Whites for Racial Equity, along with many other community groups, will hold a vigil to honor those we have lost at the hands of law enforcement.
Saturday, Sept 16 from 11-1 pm, near CVS 2170 Fremont St., Monterey We hope you and your friends will join us as we stand together against white supremacy and the continued killings of people of color. Details to follow.