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Racial Equity Cabarrus is focused on providing racial awareness training to the churches and the leaders in Cabarrus County to gain an understanding of the structural racism that exists in our nation and in our community. With that new understanding, we will take action to transform the systems and structures to provide racial equity.

 

As many have stated in the past 18 months, racial tensions in our country have become increasingly evident. Many leaders in our community want to do something to improve the quality of relationships locally, and have been taking action. The next step is to offer racial equity training to the community.

 

A steering group, comprised of six clergy and two laity, (five white and three African American) has met several times over the past year to discuss the current state of race relations in our community. We have discerned that we need to:

  • Increase racial awareness 

  • Increase our understanding of our history that has brought us to this point 

  • To work together with church and community leaders to better understand one another. 

 

We also realize that the Church must lead the way in transforming the structures and systems that currently exist. Unfortunately, the Church has been complicit, first during slavery, and Jim Crow, and then silent during the post-Civil Rights Act period. Ultimately, our goal is to work toward racial equity in the structures that now perpetuate white privilege and inequity that include: 

  • The criminal justice system

  • Educational system 

  • Housing system 

  • The legislative system 

  • The social services system.

 

Our goal is to reach the seats of power in our community and continue to transform its citizens in vital awareness of the value of their neighbor and the inequalities that exist among us which are a product of our shared history. This will provide a common language to pull the efforts of many together.  To the leaders of the churches working on this initiative, the ministry of reconciliation is a process that involves deepening the relationships we all have with God and with one another. As traditional Southern churches, cross-racial relationships are often superficial, sadly, and not very Christian. We believe that by helping residents in our county develop more meaningful relationships with our brothers and sisters who don't look like us, we can make it easier to build community relationships that help us better connect with one another. 

 

We want this not only for our churches but for civic and business leaders in the community as well and are committed to offering secular training to those who prefer no faith component.  Our faith is what drives and convicts us.