Until we prioritize the urgency of building positive relationships within and among people of all races and cultures, we’ll continue to experience hatred, despair, death, and ignorance in our communities. Along with being an issue of ethics, it’s literally a matter of life and death, as we see over and over again.
The answer seems to be at once profoundly simple and monumentally challenging: WE—me, you, all of us, everyone, no matter who you are—must open our hearts and ears to learn about and take seriously the experiences of others. Simply starting a dialogue or asking a question is the first step. This kind of dialogue involves tough questions, but we have seen that when a relationship of trust and respect is established, there’s almost no limit to our potential to understand one another.
The United Church of Christ is dedicated to pushing things forward, and have released a free curriculum on white privilege. It was created by members of a faith community, but is meant for any who would come to the table. Atheists, people of color, white allies, skeptics: EVERYONE is invited, without condition, to join us in this most important dialogue about race.
“White Privilege: Let’s Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.
This is a downloadable resource in PDF format that’s free of charge and can be used by any church regardless of size or budget.
Divided into four focused parts, each one introduces a different aspect of the dynamic of white privilege:
- The Spiritual Autobiography Told Through the Lens of Race
- Whiteness as the Norm: Five Loci of Insights on the Binary of Light/Dark and Black/White
- The Cash Value of Whiteness or Whiteness as a Tax-Exempt Status
- On Becoming an Ally
In all four parts, each author contributes a different view of the subject matter presented based on their unique personal experiences. The materials include questions for discussion and reflection.”