imagemarie wrote:"What if" reasoning..
Not really "what if" at all. I don't know what country / area you are from but where I live it is very ethnically, racially diverse. There are numerous, bi-racial, multi-racial people here in my city / region. It is not uncommon to find people who are a mix of Hispanic, Black, White, Asian, etc.
Get people in the door, let them address their hurts in a supportive environment, then hit them with the absolutes.
It seems to me that this policy is about addressing barriers, (colour, class, privilege) whether they exist, are ill-percieved, or whatever other papanca you like. It is starting from where people are. And, I think, based upon metta and karuna and inclusivity. The intention is a noble one. We (the Dhamma), is here for you too.
If it gets more people in the doors, I'm all in favor of that, but in general I am not a fan of apartheid.
Addressing barriers is good but there are many people of color who are upper class and privileged. Oprah WInfrey is a billionaire. My son had an African-American friend in high school who had very wealthy parents. His friend was chauffeured to school everyday in a limo. Of course, I know these examples are not as common among some minority groups, but it is not all black-and-white in regard to class and privilege.
I just realized there's not a lot of black buddhist meditators,i live in Australia ..well i don't know i'll have to join a group and find out
maybe i'll be the only one ahaha...doesn't matter..am used to being the only black person.. like whatever
Once my wife and I were shopping in a large department store in central Los Angeles. After shopping around for several minutes my wife mentioned to me, "I just realized that everyone in this store, customers and employees is either Asian, Black, or Hispanic; and you are the only White guy here." I looked around and said, "you're right, I didn't even notice." It is nice to live in areas where everyone is treated as a human being and judged only by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.