Race to Dinner is a company that aims to open up the conversation about subconscious racism over a meal. The entire experience costs thousands of dollars, and tons of white women are paying for it.
The organization is the brainchild of Regina Jackson, a Black woman, and Saira Rao, a first generation Indian-American. The two met when Rao was running for Congress in 2018. Jackson joined her campaign and soon noticed the amount of white women who would approach Rao while she was campaigning for the sole reason of letting her know they weren't racist.
The two women now host Race to Dinner events together, where eight-to-ten guests—always liberal white women—attend to talk about their internalized racism. One of the guests volunteers her home to host the dinner, and it's a $2,500 fee for two hours with Jackson and Rao. According to the New York Post, the duo has done about 15 of these dinners since the spring of last year.
The Race to Dinner website notes these dinners are a reciprocal conversation rather than a seminar. Per the site: "This is an intimate, direct conversation about how the white women at the table are complicit in the continued injustices of our white supremacist society and how they can immediately take action."
The women who attend these dinners sign up for them to learn how their existence in society interacts consciously and subconsciously with that of people of color. "As a white person in America, you are an active participant in upholding white supremacy," the site continues: "This isn’t personal. This doesn’t make you bad. This is systemic. This makes you human and an integral part of that system."
The goal of these dinners is to better understand the society we live in and how to support other women. The site explains: "Dinners are all at once uncomfortable, intriguing, raw, personal, and hopefully refreshing."
You can read more about the women's goals for the dinners here.
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