Why is undoing racism important to you?

Responses to this question from persons registering for the Undoing Racism workshop in April:

Institutional racism leads to physical/emotional/mental harm for friends of color

The sin of racism is a fundamental factor in creating and sustaining a large number of the problems we face in our country. Wealth and income inequality, mass incarceration, and immigration issues are only a few of the problems that result from the racism in our communities, state and nation. I believe the church needs to be more intentional about addressing these problems and the racism that contributes to them.
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Racism is inherently against all Jesus stands for – loving our neighbor as ourselves. I will be helping lead my church is undoing racism through educating our members on white supremacy, white privilege and our country’s long history of racism.

from a lifetime of dedication to advocating for equality, dialogue, and social justice

It is the right thing to do.

I believe all people are created in God’s image and should be treated as such. We need to deal with past crimes and ignorance if we are to moved forward and bring healing to this world
It’s important for the church to be at the head of helping the world to know that discriminating against others just because of a racial or ethnic category is sin. I serve cross racial/cross cultural appointments because I want to do all I can to integrate our church lives, whereas otherwise, bias, ignorance and intolerance has existed for far too long in our United Methodist congregations.

To understand my white privilege and learn how to be a good ally

As a white person living in a white world, there is much I don’t understand. I thought we could fix racism just by being nice to each other. I realize now it’s much more complicated and hope to help educate the people I work with and minister to through this training.

Diversity is beautiful and gives us a glimpse of heaven

From the age of 3 to fourth grade I lived in a small east Texas town “divided by the tracks” until we moved to Austin. I witnessed my Dad and how he acted with people of color and how it seemed to change the closer we were to that town. I feel like I am open and understanding to all people but know I experience judgement in certain situations. I have heard amazing things about this workshop and so hope I can be a part of it.

Because Jesus’ message is one of justice, inclusivity, equity, and love.

To better understand how to recognize and eliminate racism world wide.

Extremely important for the advancement of civilization.

I am a teacher and a would like to model for my students and I would also like to transfer my learning to my church community as well as to my neighborhood community.

To create shalom in our communities and churches

Racism is a disease that we all suffer from. I would like to learn what I can do to eradicate it.

To help make our community a better place to live

It’s only going to get worse as the population of other races increase and “white” becomes the minority. We need to address and find a solution or a way to work towards a solution now before later.

I am sickened by the effects of racism in this country

Because racism is an unacknowledged problem in our communities.

The future of our country depends on it.

I have been affected by racism much of my life. I don’t want this for our future!

Undoing racism is important to me because it is my belief that it is of utmost importance to God.

We are all God’s Children, who are created in the image of God. “God is Love”. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves.

While we were visiting the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History, we stood in front of the exhibit on the election of Barack Obama. My three year old daughter asked me who he was and I told her he had been president of the United States. She said, “even with his dark face?” She has grown up in a house where her father and I have intentionally tried to raise her with a diverse group of classmates and friends and with a strong sense that gender and race are descriptive and not proscriptive about one’s life. But, in that moment, and after a week of touring other museums filled with portraits of white male presidents, I had to confront the fact that she is also being raised in a home where white supremacy lingers despite our best efforts to the contrary for this simple fact: we are American and white and in truth, at least on my side of the family, generations before us have actively participated in systems of oppression and we have passively inherited the privileges they gained from those actions. Somehow I need to learn the skills that will give my white children a more nuanced understanding of race and privilege. Undoing racism is important to me because it’s my job as her mother to confront myself first and to teach her to be a healthier, wholer member in any community. This is also what I want for myself and what I want for the communities of faith–Tarrytown UMC, Common Good Community Development, Capital District, Rio TX AC, the UMC–in which I live and join in God’s work.

Racism has been painfully in my consciousness since childhood. My parents were among the rare white “dissenters” in the Jim Crow south, schooling me at home in the injustices of our racial caste system while I was being socialized at school, play, and almost all community life into that caste system. My uncle Courtney Siceloff was administrator of the Penn Center in South Carolina from 1950-1972, providing a safe haven and accompaniment for Civil Rights leadership groups and drawing a lot of hostility from local whites. I know white supremacy is still embedded in our society and still prevents us all from living up to the genuinely reconciled community we need to be.