If you’re a white woman, assuming you identify with your biological characteristics, and you need more guilt in your life, Race 2 Dinner has an invitation for you. This is actually a brilliant idea by the organizers—how better to raise money than raising guilt while berating the givers? The dumber people are any white women who would go to it. I am tempted to sneak a dinner in by claiming to be a woman who “transitioned” to a male appearance, but I presume that the invitation is only to “cisgender” women, because trans women by definition are at least even with women of color on the intersectionality score. The actual invitation is on their website.
Dear white women, you have caused immeasurable pain and damage to Brown and Black women. We are here to sit down with you to candidly explain how you caused this pain and damage. We are not here to change anything. We are here to express the pain you have caused, white women. What you do after you leave the dinner is up to you. WE don’t care about your feelings. SIT WITH THAT FOR A MINUTE. Your feelings pale in comparison to the violence you have caused Black and Brown women.
Regina Jackson & Saira Rao
From their website: It all started with Saira’s run for Congress in 2018. When Regina joined the campaign, she noticed the throngs of white women anxious to meet Saira with the sole intent to tell her that they weren’t racist. There was a whole lot of “not me” and “not all white women”. Saira accommodated these meetings for a long time. Then one day Regina mentioned how a white friend of hers “really needed to talk to Saira about this race stuff”. Saira mentioned she was done getting berated by white women and declared, “how about this, I’ll do a dinner to talk to several white women at once as long as you are there”.
Thus, Race 2 Dinner was born.
Now, the online application: Change starts with you. So you are willing to set aside your white woman tears? To start the process of hosting a Race 2 Dinner, fill out the form below.
The form is just a normal straightforward personal information request. But even being the unsympathetic, lacking in empathy lout that I am, I really need to talk about this race stuff too. Can I have a safe space, even a virtual hug, to present my quiz, Am I racist?
Choose the more racist statement from each pair:
1. Anyone can improve given enough opportunity. 2. Achievement and merit are white concepts for oppressing people of color.
1. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. 2. Your feelings pale in comparison to the violence you have caused Black and Brown women.
1. You accept color differences, affirm them, celebrate them, but don’t allow them to become a barrier to human community. 2. Dear white women, you have caused immeasurable pain and damage to Brown and Black women.
1. The fundamental problem, I believe, is that at every level we are giving too much attention to the external, material aspects of life while neglecting moral ethics and inner values. 2. Thoughtful white people know they are inferior to black people. Anyone who has studied the genetic phase of biology knows that white is considered recessive and black is considered dominant. When you want strong coffee, you ask for black coffee.
1. “Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just wrong.” 2. No, there is plenty wrong with Negroes. They have no society. They’re robots, automatons. No minds of their own. I hate to say that about us, but it’s the truth. They are a black body with a white brain.”
The first pair are general statements made by many people. The second pair is the famous quote by MLK from his I Have A Dream speech along with an excerpt from the R2D website. The third pair are a quote from a black writer and the R2D invitation. The fourth pair are quotes from the Dalai Lama and Malcolm X. The fifth pair are from Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, respectively, both self described Muslims.