Racists Anonymous

raEvery Wednesday, Trinity United Church of Christ in Concord, North Carolina hosts a Racists Anonymous (RA) meeting.  Here are their Racists Anonymous 12 Steps of Recovery:

1. I have come to admit that I am powerless over my addiction to racism in ways I am unable to recognize fully, let alone manage.

2. I believe that only a power greater than me can restore me in my humanness to the non-racist creature as God designed me to be.

3. For my own good and the good of future generations, I have decided to turn my will and my life over to the care of God insofar as I understand God.

4. I’ve made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself concerning my bias toward others on the basis of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion or any external physical difference such as size, ability, or adornment and more.

5. I have admitted to God, to myself and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongful thoughts and actions.

6. I am entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. I humbly asked God to remove my shortcomings.

8. I’ve made a list of all persons I have harmed and am willing to make amends insofar as this is possible.

9. I will make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them, others, or create more harm than good.

10. I will continue taking personal inventory, and when I behave wrongly, I will admit it promptly.

11. I will continually seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God insofar as I understand God, praying for knowledge of God’s Will and Wisdom for my life along with the power I need to carry that out.

12. As I have spiritual awakenings as the result of these steps, I will share this message with other race addicts as I seek to practice these principles in all my affairs.


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