Faith Communities


Question #1. How does this institution/system (e.g., Mental Health System) contribute to/perpetuate racism and racist violence and other daily atrocities visited upon people of color?

  • The idea that they are unique in themselves, focus on themselves and not look outside of themselves.

  • Don’t see themselves as responsible for outside issues.

  • Unaware of structural racism in society.

  • Easy to shy away, to do what’s easy and comfortable?

  • See it as someone else’s problem.

  • Seattle nice – Church nice, hard to get to the level of honesty on the hard stuff.

  • Writing checks to fund things, maintains and serves power, dynamics, the White Saviors.

  • No diversity in clergy diversity.

  • Not willing to engage on the ground.

  • Fear, Negativity, Greed Timidity.

Question #2. What should have been done before the massacre in Charleston – what are the signs that we missed/are missing as a community in this area (e.g., Mental Health System)? Why does it take a massacre for so many white allies to recognize everyday racism and stand up to speak against it?

Background checks should be completed.

Question #3. What specific actions can you take as an individual post – massacre – to eliminate racism in (e.g., the Mental Health System) in the Seattle area? In the US? Give Specific action recommendations.

  • Beloved conversations; having people of color in conversation with white people talking about race, a lot of people have never sat down together to talk.

  • Choosing relationship over being right. Go to a black church.

  • Challenge housing practices and landlords to not out –price people from neighborhoods.

  • Learn more about and own white privilege.

  • Invite Mary’s Place into our church.

  • Speak out at fair housing and gun control.

  • Show up to rallies.

  • Use the pulpit.

  • Preaching on race, Labor Day.

  • Invite people to show up at things like this.

  • Learn about the history of how we ended up in white neighborhood communities.

  • Do whatever it takes, using your skills and gifts, to build relationships with diverse communities over the long term.

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