Anti-Racism & White Privilege Study Group

The Anti-Racism & White Privilege Study Group is starting in response to the call from the #blacklivesmatter movement for white allies to organize ourselves and educate each other about institutional racism and mobilize each other to action.

We are inviting anti-racist white people to meet to examine our own white privilege, educate ourselves about institutional racism, and support people of color-led organizations working to dismantle white supremacy. Everyone who shares our understandings is welcome (see Grounding Agreements, below).

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We are launching the group with six meetings of reading and discussion over a three-month period. The first session (first set of six meetings) will focus on anti-black racism, and we intend to examine how white supremacy and institutional racism have hurt other people of color in subsequent curricula. All the material that we read will be written by people of color.

This study group will also be a fundraiser for a local people of color-led organization. Because white people have greater access to resources across society, we will ask for a donation at each meeting. These funds will be given to the organization hosting us and to the originators of our reading materials. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Download the flier.

Grounding Agreements

  • Institutional racism exists today and actively harms people of color in the present.
  • As white people we must examine our own complicity in a racist system and participate in supporting people of color-led organizations and movements, even at the risk of making mistakes.
  • White people have unearned privileges that people of color do not have and these privileges allow us to benefit from the same structures of white supremacy and institutional racism that cause harm to people of color.
  • It is the job of white people to educate ourselves and people of color should not be expected to provide uncompensated labor to these ends. 
  • We must be committed to dismantling white supremacy even if it means personal discomfort and loss of privilege.
  • This study group is intended as a tool to help white people be effective in multiracial action to take down the system of white supremacy. It is not a substitute for such action. It is expected that each participant is engaged elsewhere in action to end racism.
  • The work this group does is meant for anti-racist white people, and we understand that the messy work of white people talking about racism can be harmful to people of color. For accountability and transparency, people of color are always welcome to the study group.

If you do not agree with these understandings, the group is not for you. However, if you are committed to anti-racism and genuinely want to learn more feel free to contact us and we can talk more about this.


The Details

The next session of the Anti-Racism & White Privilege Study Group will start in early 2016. Contact Brian to make sure you get notice when registration is open, 472-5478.

This group will meet in a wheelchair accessible location.

We ask for a $5-10 suggested donation at each meeting. Please pay according to your means: more if you can, less if you need to. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

See the reading lists for the 2015 session at