A church in North Carolina is hosting weekly “Racists Anonymous” sessions to fight racism.
Trinity United Church of Christ has sessions every Wednesday, reports The Huffington Post. The Church minister, Rev. Nathan King, said that the group came about because of recent police shootings, as well as the shooting at the Charleston church, where nine black churchgoers were shot and killed.
“It’s to deal with the racism within ourselves and to eliminate the racism within ourselves,” King told WCNC.
King said that the program is led by a licensed therapist and it follows an amended version of the 12 step program used by Alcoholics Anonymous.
“I have come to admit that I am powerless over my addiction to racism in ways I am unable to recognize fully, let alone manage,” reads the first step.
Each week, approximately a dozen people come to the meetings; some are church goers, but people from the community have begun to attend.
Well, some people say they’re racist, some people say they’re not sure. But we’re becoming clearer and clearer on the unconscious racism that we all carry. It’s a way to address one’s own racism as a spiritual practice and discipline,” RA organizer Carol Stanley said to Fox 46.
King said that when he first went to a meeting, he found it a little difficult to talk about racism because it is usually taboo.
“It was difficult. From day to day, I find myself in that place of racism,” King told WCNC.
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