On Racism

On Fragility and Accountability

On July 26, 2020, Carmen Barsody and Sam Dennison spoke at the Universalist Unitarian Society of San Francisco about experiences of whiteness and racism. Carmen spoke to the growing realization of whiteness and racism through her experiences in Mississippi and Nicaragua. As a white person raised in a segregated society with advantages that never needed naming, Sam considers how to move from regretting racism to meaningful action.

32 minutes in length
10-15 minute read approximately

Suggested Reading

Until We Reckon

by Danielle Sered

This book is practical description of restorative justice provides both background and examples. Through her work at Common Justice, a restorative justice program in Boston, Sered is able to address the questions, needs, and worries of those who seek alternatives to aggressive police enforcement. She makes it clear that we cannot move forward in this quest until we address our history of racism and how it impacts our most basic ideas of justice.

In the News

Sweep Near Civic Center

Sf Chronicle Dec. 5, 2019

Homeless Swept from Polk Street Alley

Sf Examiner Dec. 5, 2019

Vigil Honors 275 Homeless Deaths

Sf Chronicle Dec. 20, 2019

Overcrowding on Tenderloin Streets

Sf Chronicle April 10, 2020

Suggested Reading

The Warmth of Other Suns

By Isabel Wilkerson

The history of the Great Migration is singularly important in understanding the legacy of slavery and the reality of Jim Crow violence and segregation. Rather than focus the contours of White racism, this book shows us how racial domination shaped the lives of African-Americans and how the rich legacy of endurance within African-American families, passed down from generation to generation, gave them life and the landscape of the US.


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