Tuesday, August 23, 2022

White people are not ipso facto racists in spite of what the UUA administration is teaching.

UU minister Rev. Thandeka said there is “the errant assumption that white America works for white Americans. Anyone who cares to look will quickly discover that it doesn’t—at least, not for the vast majority of them. The privilege that, according to the anti-racists, comes with membership in white America, actually belongs to a tiny elite.” (Thandeka 2009)

Cycleback, David. Against Illiberalism: A critique of illiberal trends in liberal institutions, with a focus on Unitarian Universalism (p. 42). Center for Artifact Studies. Kindle Edition. 

The second principle of Unitarian Universalism is that some UUs join together to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Cycleback makes the point in his book Against Illiberalism that the current administration of the UUA doesn’t apply this principle to white people because they teach that white people are oppressors and privileged and don’t deserve to be treated with justice, equity, and compassion. They are to be squelched, canceled, marginalized, and excommunicated not because of what they think, say, and do but because of who they are: white.

This position of the UUA administration is, of course, untenable because it is unjust, inequitable, and non compassionate. The most disturbing observation is that the UUA administration doesn’t appear to be aware of the irony of their position.

The current UUA administration who holds these positions on Critical Race Theory and white supremacy are best ignored, encapsulated, as UUs with a higher state of consciousness rise above this dysfunctional thought system and work to enhance and share the fundamentals UU faith.

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