Our mission is simple - reveal the naked truth about RACISM in America and YOUR COMPLICITY as white women. This isn’t the stuff of Trump, the KKK and Nazis. That’s easy, it’s obvious and denouncing it requires almost nothing of white folks. What’s hard? Looking at yourself in the mirror and acknowledging that, as a white person in America, you are an active participant in upholding white supremacy. This isn’t personal. This doesn’t make you bad. This is systemic. And this makes you human who is part of that system. As Black and Brown women, we too are humans who are part of the system. Only we are on the other side: we are on the receiving end of white supremacy while you are on the giving end. Until and unless white folks are willing to bear witness to the pain they’ve caused, we will never see change. The system of oppression will remain safely in place until white people - ALL WHITE PEOPLE - are willing to acknowledge their complicity.
That is where the Race 2 Dinners come in.
white women: We are talking about YOU. We are talking about your complicity in upholding white supremacy and keeping us Brown and Black women down. You like to think that is the stuff of Fox News but it is more than that. It is a multifaceted, complete system that functions in all areas: economic, political, educational, health, religion, war, media advertising, entertainment, labor, law and every other system, which all work to keep all things in place that support white supremacy. Our goal is to dig out the tumor called white privilege, power, control and reveal it for what it is, as an even more sinister and toxic form of RACISM. You are an integral part of this system. It is time for you to own that.
Making white women comfortable isn’t our goal.
Our goal is to be seen, to be heard, and to have you, white women, bear witness to our pain, pain that you have caused.
white women: stop centering everything on you and your feelings.
-Regina & Saira
HOW YOU CAN HOST A DINNER?
STEP 1 - Are really ready to join us?
Please consider WHY you want to join a dinner with Regina and Saira. If it’s “to learn” or to feel better or to be a “good ally,” reconsider. This dinner is not for you or about you. The dinner will be painful, uncomfortable, maddening, and upsetting. But what you’ll experience listening to our stories doesn’t come close to the pain of living as a Brown or Black woman in America. Are you TRULY ready to join us?
STEP 2 - Plan your Race 2 Dinner.
Okay, now that you think you are ready to bear witness to our pain, let’s get started. The next step is to contact Jessica Majerus, our Program Director, and she will help you get started.