An organization that aims to teach white women to examine their privilege declared last month that “being nice” is a tool of “white supremacy.”
Race2Dinner, an organization founded by radical race activists Saira Rao and Regina Jackson, expressed the confounding sentiment in a mid-December tweet.
Is this satire?
— Susan [Wright] Bagwell (@SweetieWalker) December 24, 2019
“White women’s obsession with ‘being nice’ is one of the most dangerous tools of white supremacy,” Race2Dinner tweeted.
Race2Dinner offers white women the chance to pay $2,500 to attend dinners where Rao and Jackson confront them on their complicity in oppressing people of color.
The “About” section of the group’s website contains an open letter to white women that reveals the incendiary and militant nature of Race2Dinner’s approach to conversations about race:
Dear white women:
You cause immeasurable pain and damage to Black, Indigenous and brown women. We are here to sit down with you to candidly explain how *exactly* you cause this pain and damage.
The dinners are a starting point. A place to start thinking through how you actively uphold white supremacy every minute of every day.
What you do after you leave the dinner is up to you.
Race2Dinner also urges participants to set aside their “white woman tears” and overcome “white fragility.”
Commenters on social media roasted Race2Dinner for its critical view of “niceness.”
“Damn those white people for *shuffles cards* being nice,” tweeted one user.
Let me get you a blanket.
— Jimi Murphy (@JimiiGames) December 23, 2019
Even an apparent Race2Dinner participant was confounded by the group’s take on manners.
There is nothing a white can do that doesn’t end in servicing and supporting their own white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. Even when they “help” POC. It’s just for themselves.
— General TikTik the Squirrel (@TheSquirrelLord) December 20, 2019
Anyone familiar with Rao, a failed Democratic congressional candidate who centered virtually her entire political platform around race, is unlikely to be surprised by the abrasive racial provocation practiced by Race2Dinner.
Rao’s histrionic tweets made her earned her near-universal mockery on the social media platform.
— revered antifa supersoldier (@deathbylofi) January 3, 2020
In late December, Twitter users reported that it appears as though Rao has deactivated her account.