UU Fellowship of Winston Salem (Winston Salem, NC) 6723
Justice. We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all thrive. We covenant to dismantle racism and all forms of systemic oppression. We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions.
Justice. We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all thrive.
We covenant to dismantle all forms of cultural and systemic oppression, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, gender, etc. We support the use of inclusive democratic processes to make decisions.
To best describe my feeling for the need to change the wording in “Justice”: I believe rewording to be beneficial. To single out systemic oppression highlighting racism does not go far enough I am suggesting we add all forms of cultural and systemic oppression, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, gender, etc
. I am watching the current political environment both nationally and worldwide, where race, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation and other discrimination is used to divide and create systemic oppression . Devisiveness.is what we should be aware of and try to avoid. “The term systemic oppression refers to the mistreatment of people of a specific group that is supported and enforced by society and its institutions” . It can be formal or implicit, and appears in many forms, including racism, religion, ethnicity, national origin and sexism.
Personally observing the recent singling out and rise of anti semitism in this country and elsewhere (hostility to, prejudice towards, or discrimination against Jews); I feel religious and ethnic prejudice and discrimination as in the past can lead to systemic oppression. (Jews have faced centuries of systemic oppression- As early as 605 BCE, Jews who lived in the Neo-Babylonian Empire were persecuted and deported.) The Uyghurs, the largest minority ethnic group in China’s north-western province are victims of systemic oppression.
I suggest adding “cultural” due to noting “The concept of ‘ethnicity’ contrasts with that of ‘race’ in that it is concerned with group cultural identity or expression whereas ‘race’ focuses on physical and biogenetic traits.”
I have spoken to a delegate, director of religious education, member of the board and the minister.