As Christian Peacemaker Teams has introduced Undoing Racism
into all aspects of our organization over the past few years, I, as delegations
coordinator, have been integrating the topic into orientation materials for
delegates. âRacism is often a root
cause or at least a significant factor in war, and unless we have a clue about
that, our work will be superficial, or worse, deeply damaging,â one document
reads. Specifically, the materials
cite racism of White, European, and European-descended people against people of
color as a cause of war. Undoing
racism means that those of us who are White have to first see and then take
responsibility for that privilege.
Thus, when I led a delegation to the Kurdish north of Iraq
last fall, I tried hard to encourage delegates to ask questions about racism,
and its corollary, White privilege, when interpreting what we were learning
about the situation in northern Iraq.