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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Click on this link to obtain a fully copy of the New York Times 1619 Project:
Click on this link to access 2018 article on Whiteness.
Follow this link for information on White Fragility (Robin Di-Angelo's book, which is in the AMM library)
This link to the University of Calgary site on Anti-Racism Education provides a definition of Anti-Racism.
This link to the University of Calgary site on Anti-Racism Education provides information on Whiteness.
This is an interesting article from the Huffington Post.
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.
Subscribe to the Free weekly NYT news magazine on race:
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)