Group Reading

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” ~ Toni Morrison

One: My neighbor and I have the same origins;

All: We share a common destiny;

One: We are the obverse and reverse sides of one entity; We are unchanging equals;

All: We are the faces which see themselves in each other;

One: My neighbor’s sorrow is my sorrow;

All: Your joy is my joy;

One: We are mutually fulfilled when we stand by each other in moments of need. All: Your survival is a precondition of my survival. Zulu Personal Declaration

Quotes & Readings

“Never trust anyone who says they do not see color. this means to them, you are invisible.” Nayyirah Waheed

“People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.” Samuel L. Jackson

“The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex

system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at

other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that

it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with

people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another.

Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is

born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as

soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of

socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to

keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for

owning everything.” Scott Woods

Quote

Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem for you personally.

Seed of Responsibility

Say together: With clarity of vision and values, I commit to using my privilege to speak up wherever my voice is needed.

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