Structural racism is a powerful force spread across multiple systems and institutions and is extremely pernicious and resilient. White people are the source and the sustainers of structural racism and recreate it every day when they are silent about police “protection,” seek out “good” schools, allow monetized healthcare, “integrate” neighborhoods through the displacement of gentrification…
After hundreds of years of damage are we at a tipping point that will lead to real and lasting change? Will ethical humanists join efforts to repair the damage of structural racism and help usher in a more equitable and compassionate society?
Bart Worden is the Executive Director for the American Ethical Union and the Clergy Leader for the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester in White Plains, New York. Bart has also worked extensively in the area of community behavioral health as direct care provider, program developer, and administrator. Bart’s recent social justice efforts have focused on addressing bias and discrimination in communities in Westchester County, and he is a member of the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform and the 400 Years Project – a countywide coalition.
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