“Whites are accountable for understanding how racism advantages them at the expense of others . . . Whites have the responsibility to interrogate and resist whiteness as a social location of unjust structural advantage . . . Exploring the ubiquitous, and for whites, often invisible, aspects of white advantage is a lifelong task of gaining religious awareness and engaging moral action. I call this awareness religious in light of the fact that the world religion comes from the Latin religio, meaning “a moral bond.” Awareness of white privilege is religious because it deals with discerning how intimately world-minority white affluent people are bound up with the world-majority communities of color. However, the quality of this binding together of overprivileged and underprivileged groups is unjust, demanding of us both resistance and transformation. Interdependence should be honored within just or right relations . . . The deepest possible religious awareness is for us to ‘feel our own flesh as vital and vulnerable’ and to be aware of our dependence on others.”
Mary Elizabeth Hobgood, “White Economic and Erotic Disempowerment: A Theological Exploration in the Struggle Against Racism,” in Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence, eds. Laurie M. Cassidy and Alex Mikulich (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2007), 40-41.
[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]