The Whiteness Study group


Who We Are and What We Do!

The Whiteness Study Group (WSG) is a self-created group of AMM members/attenders with a dedication to  understanding racism and whiteness in ourselves, our community, country and the world.  

We are also dedicated to facilitating AMM's participation in this process.  In 2018 we engaged in studying numerous  topics including: whiteness, white supremacy, racism, implicit bias, microaggressions, and  more.  We reflected on how each of these impacts our individual  spiritual lives and the collective life of the Meeting.  The WSG  actively participated in preparing a monthly presentation for Meeting  for Business, frequent movie nights, and at least two workshops.

In  2019 - 2020, we continue to meet monthly for purposes of mutual support and  continued learning.  We also continue to organize movie events on topics  related to our anti-racism work.  We invite AMM members, attenders and  friends to attend.


Toward Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Faith Community

 At the January 2020 Meeting for Worship for Business the Whiteness Study Group reminded Meeting of the AMM minute passed in 2017 in support of the Friends General Conference Institutional Assessment on Structural Racism.  We also reviewed AMM's work on whiteness & racism over the past two years.

Following a month of seasoning and discussion, the following Minute was approved at the Monthly Meeting for Worship for Business on February 2, 2020:

Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, acknowledging that we are affected by structural racism within a historical framework of white supremacy in the United States, commit to a period of self-reflection and discernment toward becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Faith Community.  The process will be guided by an anti racism assessment team made up of volunteers, with a report back to AMM by September 2020, or sooner.

As we continue work on developing a self-assessment module, we seek volunteers to join our team.

DOWNLOAD BELOW a copy of the Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Faith Community to be used as a guide in our own work.  Scroll down further for a larger library of articles/videos on these subjects. We welcome your favorite articles, too.  Send them to: attention WSG.

If you missed reviewing the FGC Institutional Assessment, links are provided below:

FGC Institutional Assessment Full Report

FGC Institutional Assessment Executive Summary

Questions?  Contact:  Richard Knottenbelt, (313-5263)  Miriam Bennett (440-8919) or Sara Keeney (379-3392) with questions.


Our Next WSG Meetings - Join Us!

February 27, 2020 (Thursday) 5-7 p.m.

March 19, 2020 (Thursday) 5-7 p.m.

We welcome new members but please do RSVP to:


Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Faith Community

AntiRacismContinuumRevised (PDF)


Whiteness Study Group Format

Download below the format we adopted at our April 2019 WSG meeting.

Whiteness Study Group Format adopted April 2019 (pdf)


articles of interest on whiteness/anti-racism

Denormalizing Whiteness for Racial Justice from FGC

Posts on Whiteness and Racial Justice from AFC Acting in Faith plus

10 More things to Watch/Read/Listen to About Whiteness

Workshops and Activities about Whiteness

Examining Whiteness: An Anti-Racist Curriculum

Whiteness & Racial Justice

Queries for Worship Sharing

Where to go from here

Download PDF


New York Times 1619 Project

New York Times article on Whiteness

White Fragility with Robin Di-Angelo

Follow this link for information on White Fragility (Robin Di-Angelo's book, which is in the AMM library) 

Anti-Racism Defined

This link to the University of Calgary site on Anti-Racism Education provides a definition of Anti-Racism. 

Understanding Whiteness

This link to the University of Calgary site on Anti-Racism Education provides information on Whiteness. 

White Fragility is Racial Violence

This is an interesting article from the Huffington Post. 


People of Color are in an Abusive Relationship with White America - Daily Kos

Discussion Guide to Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin DiAngelo

The following link takes you both to a discussion guide to Robin Di-Angelo's video (included below on this page), as well as a link to the video itself. 

Race Related - NYT Magazine

Subscribe to the Free weekly NYT news magazine on race:

Waking Up in a White Garden from the Friends' Journal

Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Note: This letter is also available through the AMM library, currently on the Whteness/Racism shelf.

Letter_Birmingham_Jail (pdf)


videos of interest

Check out this great video on Implicit Bias


Check out this video on microaggressions


Join Robin DiAngelo for a very helpful video about white privilege.


Structural Racism, by John A. Power (Structural Racism Discussion Guide)