1. HONESTY & SURRENDER. We admitted to the reality of white supremacy in our cultural systems and to the forces of white supremacy in our personal lives. We realized that we have no personal power over our social/cultural conditioning and that our racial biases (unconscious beliefs, fears, and triggers) and the reactions they prompt in us are unmanageable.
- We define “white supremacy” as the systems of belief and practice which have affirmed differences among human persons along the lines of biological and/or cultural racial groups and assigned the desirable/moral/superior qualities to those who identify as “white”.
2. HOPE. We came to trust in a Greater Wisdom beyond our socialization; we now understand that we are not, and never were, alone. Through connecting with a loving community of others also doing this work, we now trust that we can learn to live compassionately in reality, still deeply afflicted by racism, and gain greater sanity, joy and peace.
3. TRUST & COMMITMENT. We made a decision to lean on and engage with the Greater Wisdom, as we defined it, and a community committed to helping each other wake up and stay awake.
4. COURAGE & DILIGENCE. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, namely of the specific coping mechanisms we have developed in relationship to our privilege and the dominant cultural norms we have internalized. We looked at both our assets and liabilities for our healing process.
5. TRUTH & INTEGRITY. We let go of our isolation and shared this inventory with a trusted someone—a loving witness who provided perspective on our spiritual journey; one who could appreciate what we were doing and how we were growing; someone who helped us to see ourselves as we really were.
6. WILLINGNESS & LETTING GO. We became entirely ready to let go of our old coping mechanisms and committed to facing reality, trusting that we could let go of the will of our ego and allow a greater and deeper Wisdom to lead us on our healing journey.
7. HUMILITY. We humbly asked for help from a power greater than ourselves to remove the obstacles to our spiritual growth and our connection with all of humanity.
8. WILLINGNESS & AMENDS. We made a list of all the ways that we have caused harm in cross-racial relationships and within the context of white solidarity. We identified the people, places, and things that have been impacted and became willing to make amends.
- We define “white solidarity” as the situation where white people forbear from correcting each other’s racial missteps to preserve an experience of peace/harmony among the group
9. HEALING JUSTICE. We made direct and indirect amends to such people, places and things, whenever possible, except when to do so would cause harm.
10. PERSEVERANCE. We continued to invest in our racial education and to take a regular personal inventory. When we were wrong, we promptly admitted it, naming our racist behavior without defending ourselves or dismissing the impact of such behavior on our community.
11. SPIRITUAL PRACTICE. We sought to improve our conscious contact with ourselves, others, and a spiritual power of our own personal understanding. We focused our intentions on staying awake, emotionally connected, and compassionate toward all human persons. We continued to develop cross-racial relationships with individuals and groups.
12. SERVICE & LEADERSHIP. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.