Proposed 8th Principle

8th Principle in English

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

8º Principio en Español

“Nosotros, las congregaciones miembros de la Asociación Unitaria Universalista, nos comprometemos a afirmar y promover: viajar hacia la plenitud espiritual trabajando para construir una Amada Comunidad multicultural diversa mediante nuestras acciones que desmantelen responsablemente el racismo y otras opresiones en nosotros mismos y en nuestras instituciones.”

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.
From Stay Woke, A People’s Guide to Black Lives Matter

by Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith.

For an EXCELLENT discussion of the many nuances of white privilege, go to:  “What is White Privilege, Really?”

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