September 26, at 10:00 am, 3845 North Swan Street – “Can an Anti-racism Pledge Help Us Find a New Path?”

For decades, white people in America have been challenged to come to terms with the nation’s history of frequent cruelty to non-whites. And since 2014, a reckoning with the past and finding a road to a far more just future, has seemed more and more essential.

Yet, in our era of bitter divisions, achieving much greater racial justice can seem hopeless. Harsh voices on one end of the spectrum insist on dramatic changes in how whites approach most race-related issues, and that huge, prompt steps be taken to remedy systemic racism. At the other end, most whites are deeply resentful and prone to massive denial.

 Is there a middle path that can get us beyond this fruitless and dangerous argument? A path that focuses honestly on our history, while also recognizing that white guilt and shame are actually obstacles in our path toward racial justice?

An Anti-racism Pledge, created by several New Mexicans, offers a step in that direction.

 Tyler Taylor, a UU from Los Alamos, will explain more about the origin and philosophy of this pledge. He grew up near Birmingham, Alabama in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and is a history buff and retired family physician.

UUFSC Safety Protocol (pursuant to our most recent UUA Guidelines):

We will not be serving food or drinks in the building until further notice. Masks will still need to be worn in the building at all times. We will continue to serve refreshments on the patio, weather permitting. Visitors are always welcome.

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