What Is Racial Equity?

Stop Racism: Standing for Unity and Remembrance

Stop Racism: Standing for Unity and Remembrance. 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, 1917, 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.

Parking will be challenging.  Pay particular attention to signage regarding permit parking or parking for residents only.

Aug. 2017 Book – The Hate You Give

The next Whites for Racial Equity book club will meet on Aug 1 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church. We will discuss the book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The book has garnered rave reviews:  #1 New York Times Bestseller! “Absolutely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds “This story is necessary. This story is important.” —Kirkus Reviews  “Heartbreakingly topical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)”A marvel of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)

Additional Resources

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves by Jon Greenberg (a great place to start reading)
30 Articles by People of Color that Everyone Should Read
Baltimore Racial Justice Action (books, videos, web)
16 Honest Books About Slavery That Young People Should Actually Read
Criss Crass (Author, Educator, Movement Builder
7 Important Books from the Harlem Renaissance
New York Times Race/Related Archives


Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

Deray Mckesson, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter

Johnetta Elzia, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter

Shaun King, blogger

Feminista Jones, blogger

Elon James White, This Week In Blackness #TWIB

Franchesca Ramsey, YouTube activist
Shit white girls say to black girls:
Sometimes you’re a caterpillar:

Akilah Hughes, YouTube activist
Meet your first black girlfriend:
On intersectionality, feminism, and pizza:

Tim Wise, white anti-racist activist



Housing discrimination report

The racist housing policy that made your neighborhood

A battle for fair housing is raging but mostly forgotten

Race & income inequality

Racial disparities in lending


Data snapshot: school discipline

Status and trends in black education


Racial bias in hiring

Whiter jobs, higher wages – EPI Report


Racial trends

Is prison the new Jim Crow?

International prison population trends

US has largest prison population in the world

Racism in the prison industrial complex

Criminal justice fact sheet


Race & the drug war (coke vs cocaine info)

Show me your papers

Blacks suffer under stop & frisk – man stopped 258 times

Disproportionate minority contact – Report

Racial gaps in arrests – a staggering disparity


Police militarization

Police brutality statistics

Twice a week white officers shoot black suspects


May 2017 Film – Kumu Hina

Kumu Hina is a powerful feature documentary about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawai. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.

Our second film, Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of this story are the artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime), a group of Native Hawaiian charter-school youth and the rural community of Waimea, dealing with the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on their native culture.

Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Estria, who left Hawai’i to study art on the mainland, made a name for himself as a street artist and returned to reconnect with his Hawaiian roots. Prime, who grew up in the projects and became one of the first kings of the Honolulu graffiti scene, left a life of hustling and drugs after the birth of his first child and returned to writing when he realized it was a way to help youth.

June 2017 Film – The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America

Please join NAACP, NCBI and Whites for Racial Equity for the showing of the film, The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America, on Thursday, June 15 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd in Carmel.  The event is free and open to the public.

Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures (Indigenous, African-American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial) came together to share their experience of racism in America. With uncommon courage, the women speak their hearts and minds about resistance, love, assimilation, standards of beauty, power, school experiences, and more. Their candid conversations offer rare access into multi- dimensional worlds invisible to outsiders. The abundance of photographs, dance, and music provides a sensual richness to this provocative piece. The Way Home is rich with stories and experiences that will provoke conversation.

June 2017 Book – Whistling Vivaldi

Join us on Tuesday, June 6 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Carmel, for our monthly anti-racism book club. This month we’ll be discussing Claude M. Steele’s book Whistling Vivaldi. Steele, who has been called one of the few great social psychologists, offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these stereotype threats and reshaping American identities.

May 2017 Meeting

Whites  for Racial Equity meets this Saturday, May 13 from 2-5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel.

Last week, between 100-200 UCSC students held a three-day protest speaking out against a “hostile climate” on the campus. The school group, Afrikan Black Student Alliance,  facilitated the takeover of an administrative building. The NAACP Monterey chapter asked if members of Whites for Racial Equity would be willing and able to assist the students. Before specific requests were worked out, the UCSC  situation was resolved. This is not the first group to ask WRE for more active ally ship.

So, there are questions we must answer. We need to look further at who we are— both as individuals and as WRE, what actions we are willing to take, and what tools do we need to develop (ie:phone tree) and new ways to support POC led groups.

We will be using specific exercises at this Saturday’s meeting to help us discover and strengthen our ally ship.

May 2017 Book – Notes from No Man’s Land

The next WRE book club will meet on Tuesday, May 2 from 7-9pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Carmel. We’ll be discussing Eula Biss’s book, Notes from No Man’s Land. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, this book is a frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity

As Biss moves across the country from New York to California to the Midwest, her essays move across time from biblical Babylon to the freedman’s schools of Reconstruction to a Jim Crow mining town to post-war white flight. She brings an eclectic education to the page, drawing variously on the Eagles, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Baldwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Joan Didion, religious pamphlets, and reality television shows.

These spare, sometimes lyric essays explore the legacy of race in America, artfully revealing in intimate detail how families, schools, and neighborhoods participate in preserving racial privilege. Faced with a disturbing past and an unsettling present, Biss still remains hopeful about the possibilities of American diversity, “not the sun-shininess of it, or the quota-making politics of it, but the real complexity of it.”