"It is impossible to talk meaningfully about ending racism without talking about class."
-- bell hooks, where we stand: Class Matters
White people working together to dismantle racism is critical work. Attempting to do this work without acknowledgment and thoughtfulness to how class impacts this work limits our ability to make strategic organizing choices and to build powerful groups capable of winning the kind of change we desperately need.
Fighting for racial justice doesn't mean we avoid talking about issues of class. In fact, getting bold and clear about what cross-class solidarity work means as white folks yearning for racial justice will make our work effective and our wins last.
Whiteness as we know it was created as a tool to create divides between poor white people and people of color in the United States. Class continues to be a tool to create more divides, hostility, and violent oppression. This has significant impacts on poor and working class people, especially people of color.
Below you’ll find a compilation of resources that SURJ and others have put together to support chapters engage in courageous conversations and deepen their analysis around class. navigating conversations about class.
If you have questions about any of these resources, or would like support in navigating conversations about class in your chapter, please email Clarissa Rogers to set up a time to talk! You can get her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have additional resources you think would be helpful for others in the network, please share them with Clarissa Rogers at email@example.com.