for help with developing a critical analysis, we recommend the ANTI-SUPREMACY PILGRIMAGE organized and guided by justice doula mickey scottbey-jones. this interactive journey allows participants to come to terms at their own pace with the logics of domination by which they have been shaped, in which they and those with whom they identify have been complicit, and in furtherance of which the structures and systems of western society have been organized. pilgrimages can be either virtual or destination. contact us for pricing.

4 - Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself/ourselves—particularly my/our relationship to power and privilege and how they have been used to advantage or disadvantage myself/ourselves or others.
"Have been used" - This passive construct is employed in order to make room for two simultaneous understandings, (1) the ways I/we have actively advantaged ourselves and disadvantaged others as well as (2) the ways in which others have advantaged or disadvantaged on our behalf. It is constructed without a subject (an actor) not to somehow lessen discomfort or culpability, as is often done with constructs like "Jane was hit," when in actuality, "Dick hit Jane."
4 - Builders of beloved community learn to value self-discovery, and this is the beginning of that. An effective way to start is with a list of how their actions (such as threats, disregard, belittling, back-channeling) may have negatively impacted themselves or others.
5 - Admit to God, to myself/ourselves and to other human beings the exact nature of my/our wrongdoings, not just my/our thinking and feelings about the subject in general.
5 - Builders of beloved community examine each item in their moral inventory, allowing them to delve into each problem.

It is important to note that traditional 12-step programs are rooted in the principle of anonymity. This too has proven itself over many years to be key to personal addiction recovery. However, one of the structural ways in which supremacist logic has historically preserved its power is through anonymity, plausible deniability, and distance between actors and the impact of their actions.

While anonymity may be useful at this stage, regular interaction with other committed builders serves as practice for interaction with others at a later stage. Thus, this is only 12-step in the metaphorical sense, not a clinical program in the 12-step tradition.

6 - Am/are entirely ready to have God remove all these shortcomings of character, behavior and allegiance.
6 - Builders of beloved community learn to accept that any recovery process must be supported by something beyond themselves.

Experience and research suggests that the only way to get a shortcomings of character is to first interrogate allegiances and behaviors.

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there are plenty of movement organizations doing work that helps to promote an expanding self-awareness for both the historically privileged and the historically marginalized.  the following are a few of the ones doing most excellent work:

showing up for racial justice – an organization that helps white people find their place in racial justice

BYP100 – an organization dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all black people

black women’s blueprint – an organization committed to progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organizing that builds movements where gender matters in broader social justice organizing


“violence against women–it’s a men’s issue” – TED talk by jackson katz

“charlottesville and the effort to downplay racism in america” – tia tolentino

other resources:

ferguson syllabus

baltimore syllabus

charleston syllabus

lemonade syllabus

charlottesville syllabus

syllabus for white people to educate themselves