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.
At the January 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.
AMM members and attenders are invited to indicate where they think AMM stands on a Continuum toward becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Faith Community. A poster, with definitions, is on the door to the library, where it will remain until 2/2/20.
MINUTE held for seasoning until 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.
DOWNLOAD BELOW a copy of the Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization to be used in our own exploration at the January Meeting for Worship for Business.
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.
January 29, 2020 (Wednesday) 5-7 p.m.
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:
There's much to see here. So, take your time to look around, read, learn and reflect. Find more in the AMM library on the whiteness shelf.
Click on link below to find the FGC Institutional Assessment Task Force Report
White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture
Carrying the Weight of How the White World Imagines You
Converting Hidden Spiritual Racism in Sacred Activism: An Open Letter to Spiritual White Folks
Racial Equity Tools: Implicit Bias
AFSC guide on "Denormalizing Whiteness"
Whiteness for Friends FINAL_0
A recent blog post from AFSC on learning our stories connects to our witness on immigration: “The stories we tell- Reckoning with our...e | AFSC
Race Related - A weekly news magazine on Race https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/race
The 1619 Project - Slavery in America
The New York Times 8-14-2019
Implicit Bias test:
White Privilege Dicussion Guide (See video below) by Robin DiAngelo (DiAngelo is the author of several books on whiteness and race, and is the originator of the term "White Fragility.")
PuttingRacismTable_Discussion Guide - White Privilege
Putting Racism on the Table is a series of videos that help develop a shared vocabulary for moving deeper into this work.
Full website here: http://www.puttingracismonthetable.org/
Mountain View (New England Yearly Meeting)
1. Noticing patterns report before NEYM https://neym.org/sites/default/files/committees/meetings/Report%20to%20Yearly%20Meeting%20Ministry%20and%20Counsel%204-30-19%20.pdf2.
2. Reflection after sessions:
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)