Former UUA President Rev. Peter Morales is quoted in the UU World as saying, “I also understand we live in a time where for people of color and a number of groups, these are very anxious times. The UUA is not perfect, but what I do wish is there were more of an assumption of good will and common purpose.”
I’m going to do a deconstruction of the entire article later, but for now, I need to ask a question that might make it difficult for me to ever get a UU job.
Why should people of color assume “good will and common purpose” when it comes to things UU/UUA?
Because frankly, friends, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. [thank you Fannie Lou Hamer for saying it first]
People of color in UUism have been talking about these issues since before I came into the denomination in the later 1990s. Are y’alls memories so short that you’ve forgotten about the “Thomas Jefferson Ball” at the Charlotte GA in 1993?
Cluelessness is nothing new in UUism.
Tone-deafness is nothing new in UUism.
Ignoring people of color is nothing new in UUism.
Not acknowledging our history is nothing new in UUism.
Malcolm X said,
“You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you’re making progress”
Asking people of color to assume “good will and common purpose” is pulling the knife out six inches. The knife is still in our backs.
I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Why should any UU of color assume “good will and common purpose” when it comes to things UU/UUA?