White privilege is “having greater access to power and resources than people of color, in the same situation, do.” from Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race” by Francis E. Kendallin .
White privilege is not the suggestion that White people have never struggled. Many, if not most, White Americans have experienced struggles in their lives. Many White people do not enjoy the privileges that come with relative affluence, such as food security. Many do not experience privileges that come with access, such as a nearby hospital.
White privilege is not, the assumption that everything a White person has accomplished is unearned; most White people who have reached a level of success worked extremely hard to get there. Instead, white privilege should be viewed as a built-in advantage, separate from one’s level of income or effort.
White Priviledge is
- An advantage, good, or resource that people with ascribed white racial identities receive and/or have greater access to and that people with ascribed nonwhite racial identities are denied and/or have less access to, primarily as a consequence of their ascribed racial identity and not because of what they do or do not do as individuals.
- A condition of whiteness, whereby one is not, nor needs to be, cognizant of the racial dynamics that systematically benefit white people and disadvantage people of color.
For an EXCELLENT discussion of the many nuances of white privilege, go to: “What is White Privilege, Really?”
8th Principle Recent Posts
At our recent Annual Congregational Meeting our UUCOD members voted strongly to adopt the 8th Principle as one of our own.
But more importantly, and closer to home, what does passing the 8th Principle mean to us at UUCOD? Where do we go from here since adopting this principle is just the beginning of a journey that we will create and make together.
~ Terrence Lester of Love Beyone Walls8th Principle Recent Posts
This is one of the thought provoking questions we have been asked over the past several months related to the proposed 8th Principle. The simple answer is, No. However, this does not mean we cannot do more that is right. Remember, we are attempting to Widen the Circle of Concern and to become as welcoming and inclusive as possible so that ALL truly feel that they belong here.
After many years of inconsistent work in the UUA regarding anti-racism, the realization that one can “live into” our existing 7 principles without thinking about or dealing with racism has become more apparent. In order to more fully live into the potential of our existing principles, over 150 UU congregations have already adopted the 8th Principle.
In our white-centered dominant culture it is all too easy to ignore racism and just regard ourselves as “not racist”,
At its most basic, white supremacy culture is based on the ideology that people with white skin are superior to people with dark skin, intellectually, morally, and physically, and therefore should dominate society, typically to the exclusion or detriment of other...
Significantly the proposed 8th Principle calls us as individuals and as a faith community to be active and accountable in living our other 7 Principles with a specific focus on being anti-racist since race and racism are so foundational and pervasive in our culture....
As we journey towards adopting the 8th Principle, throughout March we will present various words and phrases both within the 8th Principle language itself and those related to the work of anti-racism. We will begin to explore what they mean and invite your responses....
At this stage in the process, congregations need to adopt the proposed principle as it is written. The wording of the 8th Principle will be substantially debated on the floor of the UUA General Assembly and will likely be changed as a result. By voting to approve it...
Rev. Ian introduced this proposed 8th Principle in depth and in the context of our covenantal relationships during our January 16 Sunday Service. If you missed this very important service or wish to listen to it again, it is posted on the UUCOD Facebook page Over the...
The 8th Principle is a natural extension of our UU values and faith development. Unlike our other 7 Principles, it calls us to action, to not only be not-racist but to actively engage in anti-racist behaviors as individuals and as a faith community. And it calls us to...