QUOTES FROM THE ANTI-RACIST WOMEN'S TRAINING
Compiled by KIERSTEN JULIA KANSTEINER
"While the legal, material, and even superficial requirements to
eradicate racism are well known, its psychological and more deeply spiritual
requirements have been persistently neglected-namely, the oneness of the
human family. It is this principle of oneness that needs to be the driving
force behind the struggle of uniting the races."
"If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time
if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let
us work together."
"White people will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept
and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this-which
will not be tomorrow and may very well be never, the Negro problem will
not longer exist, for it will no longer be needed."
"The trouble around difference is really about privilege &
power-the existence of privilege & the lopsided distribution of power
that keeps it going. The trouble is rooted in a legacy that we all inherited,
and WHILE WE'RE HERE IT BELONGS TO US. It isn't our fault. It wasn't caused
by something we did or didn't do. But now that it's ours, it's up to us
to decide how we're going to deal with it before we collectively pass
it along to the generations that will follow ours."
"We need to be clear that there is no such thing as giving up one's
privilege to be 'outside' the system. ONE IS ALWAYS IN THE SYSTEM. The
only question is whether one is part of the system in a way which challenges
or strengthens the status quo. Privilege is not something I take and which
I therefore have the option of not taking. It is something that society
gives me and unless I change the institutions which give it to me, they
will continue to give it, and I will continue to have it, however noble
and egalitarian my intentions."
"Americans of good-will, the nice decent church people, the well-meaning
liberals, the good hearted souls who themselves wouldn't lynch anyone,
must begin to realize that they have to be more than passively good-hearted,
more than church goingly Christian, and much more than word-of-mouth in
"It does no service to the cause of racial equality for white people
to content themselves with judging themselves to be nonracist. Few people
outside the clan or skinhead movements own up to all-out racism these
days. White people must take the extra step. They must become anti-racist."
"Sometimes change comes not in the first round, but at the second,
third or fourth. Change starts with one person questioning, challenging,
speaking up and doing something to make a difference. We can each make
because each of us is already part of the community
where racism exists & thrives."
"An nice lady in the back
asked what I thought about how we
begin to move forward. I think it is up to each individual, which then
moves to your family, which moves to your community. Each person, in their
own life, let your life be a light for peace, for justice, for all that
is good. Just let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."
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