The United Church of Christ (UCC), a significant mainstream Protestant denomination, published a Facebook post telling all white people that they are racist against people of color, no matter what they do. An infographic posted to the church’s Facebook page over the weekend gives white people a series of 10 tips on how to cope with their white privilege. The last tip on the list says: “Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.”
The infographic was made by Marchae Grair, a young black woman who acts as a social media associate on the church’s website. “White people always benefit from institutionalized racism, no matter how anti-racist your ideologies may be,” Grair says. “You can’t disconnect yourself completely from the racism from which you benefit, and recognizing that is a large step in rejecting white privilege.”
Grair’s post has provoked a wave of hostile comments. One Facebook comment by Ryan K. Gilmore intelligently points out the fault in her “top ten list.”
The list and Facebook comment can be viewed below:
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