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If you’re a liberal white woman, there’s good news: You can now alleviate your guilt by scarfing down generous portions while confessing your oppressive privilege to likeminded miscreants.
All for the low, low collective price of $2500.
Groups of pale females are confronting their own racism and privilege while downing spaghetti and salad at dinner parties hosted by the revolutionary “Race to Dinner” group.
If only we’d known all along that you and some friends could fork over nearly $3K and be relieved of your burdens for being you…
Here’s how it works, according to The Guardian:
A white woman volunteers to host a dinner in her home for seven other white women – often strangers, perhaps acquaintances. (Each dinner costs $2,500, which can be covered by a generous host or divided among guests.) A frank discussion is led by co-founders Regina Jackson, who is black, and Saira Rao, who identifies as Indian American. They started Race to Dinner to challenge liberal white women to accept their racism, however subconscious. “If you did this in a conference room, they’d leave,” Rao says. “But wealthy white women have been taught never to leave the dinner table.”
They have? When and why were they taught that?
Man — those zany wealthy white women…
The Guardian spotlights a particular dinner, at which “Fox-hunting photos decorate the walls in a room full of books. A fire is burning. And downstairs, a group of liberal white women have gathered around a long wooden table to admit how racist they are.”
A confession rears its ugly head:
“Recently, I have been driving around, seeing a black person, and having an assumption that they are up to no good,” says Alison Gubser. “Immediately after I am like, that’s no good! This is a human, just doing their thing. Why do I think that?”
The founders think white chicks on the Left are the perfect bunch for such a cleansing of the soul. Those other people? Nah:
Rao and Jackson believe white, liberal women are the most receptive audience because they are open to changing their behavior. They don’t bother with the 53% of white women who voted for Trump. White men, they feel, are similarly a lost cause. “White men are never going to change anything. If they were, they would have done it by now,” Jackson says.
Caucasians with cervixes may be racist and subjugated in the world, but hey — they sleep right near the evil patriarchy that runs this joint. Maybe they can shake the Etch A Sketch:
White women, on the other hand, are uniquely placed to challenge racism because of their proximity to power and wealth, Jackson says. “If they don’t hold these positions themselves, the white men in power are often their family, friends and partners.”
And it sounds like a fun night — y’all hand over enough dough to buy a used car, and in return, you’re called a racist. Peeps are lining up:
It seems unlikely anyone would voluntarily go to a dinner party in which they’d be asked, one by one, “What was a racist thing you did recently?” by two women of color, before appetizers are served. But Jackson and Rao have hardly been able to take a break since they started these dinners in the spring of 2019. So far, 15 dinners have been held in big cities across the US.
As per The Guardian, you wouldn’t even expect them to be racist — after all, most of them are Democrats. And they read stuff:
The women who sign up for these dinners are not who most would see as racist. They are well-read and well-meaning. They are mostly Democrats. Some have adopted black children, many have partners who are people of color, some have been doing work towards inclusivity and diversity for decades. But they acknowledge they also have unchecked biases. They are there because they “know [they] are part of the problem, and want to be part of the solution,” as host Jess Campbell-Swanson says before dinner starts.
Keen Jess is in politics, and she wants to hire people who aren’t white:
Campbell-Swanson comes across as an overly keen college student applying for a prestigious internship. She can go on for days about her work as a political consultant, but when it comes to talking about racism, she chokes.
“I want to hire people of color. Not because I want to be … a white savior. I have explored my need for validation … I’m working through that … Yeah. Um … I’m struggling,” she stutters, before finally giving up.
Another participant: Morgan Richards, who “admits she recently did nothing when someone patronizingly commended her for adopting her two black children, as though she had saved them. ‘What I went through to be a mother, I didn’t care if they were black,’ she says, opening a window for Rao to challenge her: ‘So, you admit it is stooping low to adopt a black child?’ And Richards accepts that the undertone of her statement is racist.”
They get together and accuse and comfort each other:
As more confessions like this are revealed, Rao and Jackson seem to press those they think can take it, while empathizing with those who can’t. “Well done for recognizing that,” Jackson says, to soothe one woman. “We are all part of the problem. We have to get comfortable with that to become part of the solution.”
Racist purging is a comfortable wheelhouse for the hosts. One thing Saira Rao won’t be teaching: patriotism.
The American flag makes me sick.
— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) June 2, 2019
And, of course, she’s no stranger to blowback:
A Liberal woman who says,” The American flag makes me sick” steals money 2 teach hate, denial & breed intolerance. Helping white women avoid their inner devils unrelated to race. Positive self talk, self respect, selflove leave no space for hate! 💣 FREE https://t.co/mGimUhHktu
— Irina (@Irina4Council) February 4, 2020
How long have you been a racist and anti-American?
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) June 3, 2019
So @sairasameerarao who went into hiding after being called out for her racist tweets & a tweet saying "The American flag makes me sick," has blocked me after requesting an interview.
This woman ran for congress, disrespected every veteran, and can't handle being asked questions pic.twitter.com/55r6SyPyYU
— Ashley StClair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) June 4, 2019
You’re running for office in America and say “I’m not suppose to hate white people” and “the American flag makes me sick”. Miss white people are not your problem I suggest seeking help with your mental health.
— MCollins (@xavean1975) June 3, 2019
You were on Fox News for tweeting: “the American flag makes me sick.”
It’s truly sad how you’re manipulating & trying to create division. FYI, more white men get killed by police than black men do. You would know this if you actually did some research. pic.twitter.com/K71l5iDKQn
— 🇺🇸Michael Joseph🇺🇸 (@Phishie_Philly) June 6, 2019
But Saira’s woke. Or, awake:
Her “awakening” began recently.
After Rao’s mother died unexpectedly a few years ago, she moved to Denver from New York to be around her best friends – a group of mostly white women from college. She wasn’t new to being the only person of color, but she was surprised to notice how they would distance themselves whenever she’d talk frankly about race.
Then, fueled by anger at Trump’s election after she’d campaigned tirelessly for Hillary Clinton, Rao ran for Congress in 2018 against a Democratic incumbent on an anti-racist manifesto, and criticized the “pink-p*ssy-hat-wearing” women of the Democratic party. It was during this campaign Rao met Jackson, who works in real estate. Jackson recalls her initial impressions of Rao as “honest, and willing to call a thing a thing.”
And now she’s waking others who are that thing. It took a while to find her groove; Maxwell House and Lipton weren’t enough:
“I’d spent years trying to get through to white women with coffees and teas – massaging them, dealing with their tears, and I got nowhere. I thought, if nothing is going to work, let’s try to shake them awake.”
Well, at the very least, you’ve got to hand it to her: Raking in $2,500 in one night by accusing and insulting people — and let’s not forget the spaghetti — is good work if you can get it.
And it heals the world:
Carbonara is heaped on to plates, and a sense of self-righteousness seems to wash over the eight white women. They’ve shown up, admitted their wrongdoing and are willing to change. Don’t they deserve a little pat on the back?
Maybe. But for my money, I’ll stick with Prego Traditional and some 69-cent white flour noodles. Is that racist?
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