Because racism has existed for centuries, many of us are completely unaware that our everyday thoughts, perceptions and actions are influenced by a history of racism in our society and church. Many people say, "But I'm not a racist!" and in many ways they are right. Most of us would never consciously do or say anything prejudicial or discriminating. Many of us, though, have experienced the embarrassment of saying something without knowing it would be offensive. We don't realize the subtly racist attitudes that most of us learn in life simply because of where we live and what we watch on television until someone points them out to us.
So what can you do to increase your awareness of the racism around you?
Encourage your diocesan and/or provincial leadership to:
Working together for justice.