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US church hosts weekly 'racists anonymous' meetings

TACKLING RACISM: Church minister reverend Nathan King

A CHURCH has adapted the 12-step plan usually used to help alcoholics tackle their addictions to help improve America’s racial divide.

Every Wednesday, Trinity United Church of Christ in North Carolina hosts a Racists Anonymous (RA) meeting.

Church minister reverend Nathan King told WCNC TV station that RA is meant to “deal with the racism within ourselves and to eliminate the racism within ourselves.”

The group was inspired by the number of high-profile police shootings in recent years as well as the Charleston church, South Carolina shooting in June 2015, where a white gunman killed nine black parishioners.

“It seemed like every week we were coming into worship and we were doing another prayer because someone had been killed in the street,” King told the station.

Tired of the racial unrest, reverend King added that he wanted to do more than simply pray.

About a dozen people attend the weekly meetings, and are on different steps of racism recovery, according to RA facilitator Carol Stanley.

“Well, some people say they’re racist, some people say they’re not sure,” Stanley said.

“But we’re becoming clearer and clearer on the unconscious racism that we all carry. It’s a way to address one’s own racism as a spiritual practice and discipline.”

The group uses a modified version of the 12-step program pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.

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