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ERACISM Minute 9/30/18 - Lauralee Carbone

ERACISM Minute 9/30/18

Good morning! I’m Lauralee Carbone here with an ERACISM Minute, a minute of consciousness-raising from the BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team’s program. I’m going to talk about the color of justice, prosecutorial power, and your opportunity to make a difference with your vote for local prosecutor in the upcoming election.
The following information is from the book, THE NEW JIM CROW, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander.
The legal rules governing prosecutions, like those that govern sentencing decisions, maximize rather than minimize racial bias. No one has more power in the criminal justice system than prosecutors. The prosecutor is free to dismiss a case for any reason or no reason at all, regardless of the strength of the evidence. The prosecutor is also free to file more charges against a defendant than can realistically be proven in court, so long as probable cause arguably exists. Whether a good plea deal is offer…
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ERACISM Minute by Heidi Ohana--September 23, 2018

I want to talk about white fragility today.  I know someone comes up here each week and talks about racism in this country, within our denomination, and within ourselves.  I also know sometimes people get tired of it.  This is what white fragility is about. 
White people in this country live in an environment that protects and insulates us from race-based stress. This insulated environment builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our ability to tolerate racial stress.  We don’t want to hear that we benefit from institutionalized racism, that we live in a white supremacist culture, or even that we, ourselves, hold some racist attitudes.  We’re good people after all.  We’re on the “right” side of this issue.  No one wants to feel bad about themselves – especially if they believe racism is wrong.  And that is not the goal.  The goal is to become increasingly aware of how we benefit from and participate in this system.
White fragility is a state in which…

Eracism Minute 7/15/18 (Pride)

7/15/18 Eracism Minute
Good morning. I’m Lauralee Carbone, here to present a weekly eracism minute, a minute of consciousness-raising on behalf of the BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team. Eracism is defined as the removal from existence of the belief that one race is superior to another.
I’m going to present a poem by Audre Lorde: a black, feminist, lesbian, warrior, mother, author, poet. In her poem she speaks of intersectionality, the overlapping discrimination of racism, heteronormativism, sexism, ageism, ablism, and classism. See if you can pick all these “isms” out. For clarification, she refers to Nedicks, which is sort of like the Denny’s of the east coast.
Who Said It Was Simple
There are so many roots to the tree of anger that sometimes the branches shatter before they bear.
Sitting in Nedicks the women rally before they march discussing the problematic girls they hire to make them free. An almost white counterman passes a waiting brother to serve them first and the ladies neithe…

Eracism Minute June 10, 2018 - Haley Holmgren

Good morning. I’m Haley Holmgren here to present an Eracism Minute, a minute of consciousness-raising on behalf of the BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team. Eracism is defined as the removal from existence of the belief that one race is superior to another.
One of the activities that I’ve taken part in at Pacific Northwest UU Youth Conferences is a Privilege Walk in which participants stand shoulder-to-shoulder and take a step either forward or back depending on our answer to some questions such as:
Question 1: Few white people in the history of the US have ever been convicted and executed for killing a person of color.  All white persons take a step forward.
Question 2: All those who were raised in a community where the vast majority of the police, politicians, and government workers were not of your racial or ethnic group take one step back.
Question 3:  All those who went or go to a school where the majority of teachers are of your race or ethnicity take one step forward.

After a…

June 17, 2018 Eracism Minute - Linda Fels

June 17, 2018 Eracism Minute

Hi, I'm Linda Fels and I don't like to ROCK THE BOAT.

CONFLICT? Not my thing.

Expressing STRONG EMOTIONS. I'd rather not.

EMBRACING DISCOMFORT as a pathway to growth. Hmm.

Of all the behaviors and beliefs that our dominant white culture uses to hold racial
barriers in place, Like valuing OUTCOMES over PROCESS, FACTS over EMOTIONS,
COMPETITION over COOPERATION, EITHER/OR thinking and STATUS, CONFLICT AVOIDANCE is the one most INGRAINED in me.

But if I WANT TO DISMANTLE racism and change our society, I have work to do.

I pledge to become comfortable giving and getting HONEST FEEDBACK.

I pledge to value AMBIGUITY and PROCESS.

I pledge to embrace DISCOMFORT and VULNERABILITY.

I pledge to let hard CONVERSATIONS UNFOLD at their own pace and in their own way.

And when I FEEL strong emotions or discomfort in a situation, OR I notice ANOTHER PERSON feeling discomfort or strong emotions to BE AWARE ENOUGH to ask myself:
“Am I BUMPING UP against an attitu…

Team Meeting Monday, June 25, 7 p.m.

Please join us for the last meeting of the church year tomorrow, June 25th at 7 p.m. where we will bid farewell and give our hearty thanks to Erika, who helped to educate us on Black/White relations for the last 2 years.  While Erika will be leaving BUF and the team, she will help out by keeping up the team blog while we continue to educate ourselves and engage the congregation in this important work. 
Come and learn about the next “page” in our Ministry Action Team’s “chapter” and let your voice be heard.
Sincerely,
Lauralee Carbone, David Curley, and Cat McIntyre
BUF Black Lives Matter Steering Committee

White Supremacy Culture

White Supremacy Culture From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001 This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed below are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. They are damaging to both people of color and to white people. Organizations that are people of color led or a majority people of color can also demonstrate many damaging characteristics of white supremacy culture. Perfectionism little appreciation expressed among people for the work that others are doing; appreciation that is expressed usually directed to those who get most of the credit anywaymore common is to point out either how the…