This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed below are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro- actively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. Because we all live in a white supremacy culture, these characteristics show up in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us – people of color and white people. Therefore, these attitudes and behaviors can show up in any group or organization, whether it is white-led or predominantly white or people of color-led or predominantly people of color.Tema Okun
This is the intro to an amazing article that SURJ Whatcom sent out on white supremacy culture. Reading the article was like pulling out a sliver- painful to realize how many awful habits I have but freeing because living white supremacy culture is torture. Finally recognizing these patterns as lies of the white supremacy has been freeing in the most profound way. Enjoy!
The author’s website is https://www.dismantlingracism.org/