OAR Caucuses are reserved for people who have completed the 2-day Racial Equity Institute workshop. They are one way that we hold our anti-racism collective together as we continue to learn, develop trust and organize ourselves for effective action. Moving out of conditioned thinking is a healing process that doesn’t happen in a two-day workshop, but over time. As whites and people of color, we each have work to do separately and together. Our separate caucuses provide a place for people to work within their own racial/ethnic groups as one part of a structure that also includes multi-racial work. Accountability to people of color is a principle of this work, particularly for caucuses of white people – so that learnings and decisions are less likely to represent unconscious or conscious privilege.
Both caucuses meet monthly at the United Church of Chapel Hill. Learn more below.
People of Color Caucus PURPOSE STATEMENT
We are all (people of color and whites) working toward a society to end racism. However, people of color must learn to live in society until that happens. The People of Color Caucus comes together to heal, to remember, to tell the truth, to feel, to strengthen our voice, and to re-establish and increase our collective power. We come together to overcome the cycle of oppression and internalized racial inferiority through study, discussion, and planning strategies for action. Our work to heal ourselves will make us strong and effective partners in the anti-racism movement.
If you are interested in learning more about the People of Color Caucus, please send an email to email@example.com.
Our chief aim is to become effective white anti-racists. One of our objectives is to examine the ways that we have been conditioned and to develop deeper awareness of the power and privilege we have access to in a racialized society in which we are members of the dominant culture.
We want to do this in a compassionate and safe setting. Recognizing ways in which we have unwittingly been complicit in a system where the power of some has led to the oppression and disempowerment of others can be a painful process. But if we want to dismantle racism we must recognize and wrestle with our internalized white supremacy, and learn to love our changing selves and to embrace the power we have to bring about change, working as allies with people of color, as well as other white people.
If you are interested in learning more about the White Anti-Racism Caucus, please contact Wanda Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.