We understand racism as a pattern of inequality throughout the institutions of U.S. society, such as the education, healthcare, and prison systems. Racism in these institutions harms communities of color, while privileging white people as a whole.
White people need to take responsibility for undoing racism, and not let this burden of fall only on people of color. We believe that white people have unique work to do in the process of dismantling racism, and that mutual support among white folks is essential to this process. We feel it’s our job to educate and organize other white folks.
Attend a workshop hosted by the Education Team. Ask questions. Participate in a training on institutional racism sponsored by CARW or another group. Read books. Become involved in a multi-racial group. Make mistakes. Listen to feedback. Build relationships with people of color. Keep coming back.
We work to create a space for white folks to process issues related to racism. None of us are perfect. We are not experts. We know that real growth comes from taking risks, making mistakes, and wrestling with feedback. We believe it’s important to challenge each other and to sit with discomfort in order to move forward. In this process, we try to speak to each other with love and respect.
CARW challenges all forms of oppression including (but not limited to) those faced by people of color, immigrants, women, working class/poor people, youth, elders, Jews, Muslims, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. We want to create an anti-racism movement that is accessible and relevant to all, which engages people of many identities and experiences. We recognize that each of us bring to this movement our personal experiences of both oppression and privilege, and that moving forward together involves addressing the power dynamics between us.
We are working for a world of self-determination, justice, equality, and peace for all peoples; a world that respects the earth and all its creatures. We believe that such a world cannot exist without fundamental social change is the U.S. This change must built through mass-based multi-racial social movements led by oppressed peoples and we see ourselves as a small part in this broader struggle for social transformation.
CARW believes that whiteness is an invention that has shifted throughout history. Below is a working definition of what it means to be white in the United States. To be white is to have ancestral origins from Europe and/or experience white privilege and/or experience internalized racial superiority.
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We acknowledge that we are on Duwamish / Coast Salish Tribal land. The peoples and cultures of these tribes are still here, surviving and thriving in spite of hundreds of years of colonization and attempted genocide. We honor their strength and resilience.