Who We Are
What is UUMUAC? Pronounced, YouMeYac, aka the MAC, the Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Unity Action Council is the organized voice of multiracial unitarian universalism in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUAC). We have our history deep in the history of Unitarian Universalism, going all the way back to one of our theological founders, Michael Servetus, who called for multireligious unity way back in the 16th century, the unity of Muslim, Christians, and Jews. And we are intimately connected to all the interracial struggles carried out since the founding of UUism in the US, struggles against social, political, and cultural racism in all its forms. We reject unequivocally the neoracist notion that white supremacy has been the main aspect of our existence as UU’s.
As an organization we started off as a section of the UU Christian Fellowship and then as multiracial unity became anathema to one of the key African American leaders of the UU Christians, we decided to form a new group during the controversial GA in Florida back in the 20th century. And since then we have grown slowly but steadily.
Because of internal contradictions, Rev. Dr. Finley C. Campbell, that’s me, became the open presence of the militant section of UUMUAC. I say militant because UUMUAC is a broad community of voices ranging from moderate to militant. Nevertheless, at many a GA plenary session, in the past, that voice had had wide support among many delegates, including those who disagreed with us but supported our right to dissent.
But recently, beginning with the forced resignation of Cousin Peter Morales, key members of the neoracist faction in the Unitarian Universal Ministerial Association (UUMA), we have been under serious attack to silence our right to dissent.
Today we see UUMUAC as an interdependent member of the UUAC, not to be confused with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), with a small membership of 51 cousins, predominantly white but with black folks in the leadership, a membership consisting of UU laity and two ministers, one of whom is I, plus a few UUMA ministers who support our work secretly for fear of reprisals by the UUMA faction. This would not have been a problem if we had been able to achieve affiliate status at the national and regional levels.
So, most members of GA 2019 may not be familiar with us, since we have never been given the status of affiliation, along with such groups as Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalism Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) or Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) or Black Lives of UU (BLUU). We have applied at many levels for such a status and have been turned down either by silence or by a direct no. Such a no was given to us recently by a leader in the Mid America Regional office who, honestly pointed out, that while individual members of UUMUAC could participate in a recent regional assembly, the organization itself could not rent a space to have an exhibit. The reason was that we, and I paraphrase, were not in the mainstream of the whitesupremacyology dogma presently dominating the UUA’s anti-oppression/ anti-racist work.
And this we are proud to proclaim: we reject all allegations about the inherent defects of our white cousins, no matter the color of those making those allegations. Thus, we reject the dogmas of white privilege, white fragility, white inherent bias, and of course the master dogma of them all, white supremacy as the main form of racism in the world today. At best we see a worldwide desegregated culture with white supremacist ideologies as one aspect of that culture, and not even the main aspect.
In fact, I see all this anti-white racism as a slicker form of anti-black racism. Historically the only way that black members of the rank and file -- workers, students, and professionals -- have achieved any progress is through the key unity of white and black cousins, from the 18th century to the present day. The old slogan: black and white, unite and fight, remains valid.