“Race” is a delusion but systemic racism has material reality. It is a barrier to authentic and joyful community not only because it excludes, exploits and harms those racialized as “of color,” but also because it requires that people racialized as “white” comply with denial, deceit and even violence in exchange for beneﬁts and immunities. Such compliance -- even if it is unconscious -- causes suffering: it keeps us from knowing ourselves and each other, and from remembering that we all belong to one another.
Racialized conditioning affects us all and “whiteness” reinforces identity as a separate self. Our time together will provide encouragement and support as we wake up from the delusion of “race” and investigate the impact of that delusion on ourselves and others.
“Waking Up to Whiteness” is a ﬁve-part series during which we will explore:
- Whiteness as a barrier to community and self-awareness;
- Whiteness/racism as a system held in place by internal, interpersonal, institutional and ideological practice;
- The potential of Buddhist practice and teaching to shift attitudes and behaviors, and support collective liberation and Beloved Community.
The series is for practitioners racialized as “white” who:
- long to co-create an inclusive, multiracial and multicultural sangha rooted in open-hearted kindness and a vision of Beloved Community;
- seek to wake up from the delusions and attractions of whiteness;
- are committed to spiritual practice as a means for personal and social transformation; and
- can attend all ﬁve sessions.
Please review the prerequisites for this program.
Meck Groot serves as Justice Ministries Lead for the New England Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is the former Co-Director the Women’s Theological Center. Meck’s lifework calls her to facilitate awareness of racism not just as a social/political system that needs to be transformed but also as a spiritual disease that seeks healing.
Prerequisites: This program is intended for people who are racialized as white. It is most appropriate for those who have already begun an investigation into this topic, whether through programs at CIMC or elsewhere, or through self-education.