Luke Black (he/him) is an organizer in Phoenix, AZ. His primary focus for the last six years has been police abolition. In 2019, he started also organizing White People Against White Supremacy. Currently, Luke is supporting the campaigns of three abolitionists who are running for AZ state legislature and Phoenix Union High School District. He is a Gemini sun, an Aries moon, and a Pisces rising. And he’s left handed.
Presentations from Facing Race 2022
Navigating Dilemmas in White Anti-racist Organizing
Malcolm X said, “Where the really sincere white people have got to do their ‘proving’ of themselves is not among Black victims, but out on the lines of where America’s racism really is - and that’s in their own home communities.” While there has been a long history of white anti-racist organizing, from Anne Braden to the Young Patriots of Chicago, to Showing Up for Racial Justice, the topic of white people organizing other white people to fight against white supremacy is still complicated and often riddled with dilemmas. White People Against White Supremacy was founded in 2020, building on this foundation and the revolutionary work of Black and Brown organizers in Arizona and beyond who are working to build a future free from state violence and systemic racism. Since then, we have organized alongside our partners of accountability, taking a “solidarity in action” approach that promotes action, reflection, and healing our white supremacy culture.
Through video clips, role plays, and round the world group activities, our presentation will draw upon these experiences to investigate the dilemmas we often face in our organizing. With topics like “How do we DO accountability, though?”, we will take on the issues that often immobilize new organizers in our movements. We bring our specific perspective as a collective of white folks organizing in Phoenix, Arizona, a historically red state with the deadliest police department in the country, border militarization and terror inflicted by ICE, and a long history of white supremacist organizing.Speakers: Luke Black, Tara Lowman-Rojas