We Need To Talk

The words “white supremacy” conger up visions of shaved heads and tattooed necks. It’s no wonder that we white folks resist conversations where the term is applied. But if constructive conversations about eliminating racism in America are going to be had, we need to be able to talk about a system that privileges us… and we need to talk about it among ourselves. This talk will introduce some ideas about why we are so uncomfortable talking about the privilege we inherited. In the end, we will be left with a context that allows us to hold the hard truth with tenderness, so we can move forward in dismantling our system of white supremacy.

Rev. Mark Richards was ordained on Nov. 25, 2018 by the First Parish in Concord, MA. He and his wife Christina moved to Door County in 2016 and became members of UUFDC in July of last year. This past summer they learned the joy of gardening after having not so much as mowed a lawn for most of their adult lives. Mark serves as a chaplain for Unity Hospice in Door and Kewaunee counties. He also has a passion for working with prison inmates, and for expanding awareness of Unitarian Universalism in the wider community.