SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and the local Monterey County chapter, Whites for Racial Equity, are committed to ending white supremacy, and to work for racial equity.
Our role, as part of a multi-racial movement, is to help open the eyes, hearts and minds of white people to the brutality and total pervasiveness of racism. We are dedicated to educating one another, reflecting upon and deepening our own awareness and actions, and to being accountable to people of color. Whites for Racial Equity is not meant to be the ultimate destination for anti-racist white folks. We are a training ground and support group for members to gain consciousness, experience political education, learn skills, and practice anti-racist work in a way/place that not only doesn’t cause harm to people of color, but that actually supports and amplifies their goals.
Ms Delgado, in her article Whites Only, https://medium.com/@thedididelgado/whites-only-the-caucasian-invasion-of-racial-justice-spaces-7e2529ec8314, raises some very important points. SURJ has been actively working on addressing many of them, as have we. And, there is always room for improvement.
Whites for Racial Equity will devote its next monthly meeting to assessing what we’ve been doing and how we’ve been working over the past 18 months. What’s our accountability? Are we effective in our actions? Where can we grow? How do we determine that?