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…we recognize that as individuals and Quakers we have too often been blind to our own failings and to the part we play in perpetuating structural and institutional racism.


October 2, 2021

As we seek the Light in every person and work to influence North Carolina legislation and policies that affect human dignity and well-being, we must recognize and respond to the irrefutable evidence of continuous, vicious, systemic racism in our state, our country, and even in our faith communities. For this reason, Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation (FCNCL) commits to vigorously and effectively promote legislation and regulations that result in racial equity and justice and to strongly oppose policies that create racial inequity and injustice. 

We are moved by a sense of urgency from our awareness of the devastating impact that policies advantaging one group while disadvantaging another have on individuals, families, and communities. We are moved, also, by recognition of the shameful heritage of privilege and oppression that compounds our responsibility to take action.

As we examine proposed NC legislation and policies, we will sift our reasoning through an antiracist lens. We will seek insight and leadership from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) organizations and individuals and support them in seeking racial equity and justice. We will engage in learning, reflection, and discernment to root out flawed assumptions and ingrained responses. We will look for ways to promote dismantling structural and institutional racism and to repair harm and seek justice.

We believe the harms of racism afflict us all individually and as a society and rob us of our potential for a just and compassionate society. While we humbly acknowledge that we may never see this work’s completion, we believe that striving to abolish racism is the only conscionable course.  

To accomplish these goals, we will institute the use of the following queries in all committee and working group meetings in relation to proposed legislation and our advocacy work and will encourage use of such queries by others:

In what ways will this benefit or harm Black people, other People of Color, and Indigenous individuals and communities?”

In what ways might this disproportionately advantage white communities?”

In what ways will this actively work to promote justice by addressing present and historical racial inequities?”

Written by the Antiracism Working Group ( Bonnie Oulman, Dan Fagan, Deborah Britton, Eric Ginsburg, Grace Dodge, Lizzie Biddle, Margaret Rowlett, Helene Hilger, Vernie Davis). Approved by the Executive Committee (June 23, 2021) and the General Board (October 2, 2021)

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