Hayes rallies white supporters to speak out on hotel

Posted on the Undoing Racism Group White Caucus listserv concerning a joint caucus meeting scheduled to take place earlier this evening ("Deena" refers to Guilford County School Board member Deena Hayes):

"Deena has asked the white caucus to organize a white group response to the hotel stuff going on particularly in the media. This evening's joint caucus offers an opportunity to do some collective strategizing about what we might do."

Not much doubt what kind of "media" Hayes is concerned about: 1, 2, 3.


Roch101 said...

Uh, "Undoing racism" has a "white group" and a "black group?" Sounds more to me like perpetuating differences than undoing anything. Not thanks, movin' on.

Jordan Green said...

Roch, having attended some of the white caucus' meetings several years ago, I have some insight into why the Undoing Racism Group has separate white and black caucuses. It was explained to me that white antiracists should analyze their own racism and challenge each other on their own time instead of placing the burden on people of color to be constantly be wrestling with them -- a process that is emotionally draining. Also white antiracists can support each other in developing their abilities to challenge racism in an an overwhelmingly racist society.

I know this sounds unorthodox, but I think it has a more respectable pedigree than you might realize. Racial caucusing in progressive/left circles goes back at least to the the splintering of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the mid-1960s when black activists struggled with the question of whether the best way to pursue liberation was to act on their own or to act as part of an interracial coalition.