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A North Carolina Church Is Holding ‘Racists Anonymous’ Meetings

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If you’re a self-admitted racist looking to change your ways, look no further than a North Carolina church that is holding “racists anonymous” meetings.

The church in question is Trinity United Church of Christ in Concord, which reportedly borrowed the idea from a California congregation. According to signage that reads “Racism: Ignore it…and it won’t go away” in front of the church, RA meetings are held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, RA is run by a licensed therapist and adheres to the 12-step model which allows participants freedom in deciding how much — or little — they’d like to disclose.

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The Concord church joins 20 other congregations who have opened their doors to this controversial program, according to WCNC. “It seemed like every week we were coming into worship and we were doing another prayer because someone had been killed in the street,” Trinity United Church of Christ Reverend Nathan King told the station.

Carol Stanley, who runs Trinity United Church’s RA meetings, said some participants flat-out admit they’re racist while others claim they’re not sure.”But we’re becoming clearer and clearer on the unconscious racism that we all carry,” Stanley told WJZY. “It’s a way to address one’s own racism as a spiritual practice and discipline.”

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King claimed about a dozen people, young and old, are in attendance each week. Though RA meetings may seem like an unorthodox way to combat racism, the reverend believes churches could be doing more to center themselves on race-based issues. King said, “I think the churches came together on civil rights, I was a product of that, but I think we got complacent and it’s crept back in.”

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