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Currently, the WA Program is being adapted from the original Alcoholics Anonymous program, begun in 1935. The AA program started with two people in Akron, Ohio and has grown to a fellowship of over two million and spans 180 countries worldwide.

We rest on the same foundations - known as the Three Legacies - of personal recovery, group unity, and community service. These legacies are expressed through The 12 Steps, The 12 Traditions, and the 12 Concepts, respectively. We are finding that these foundations address the impact of white supremacy on our personal, interpersonal, and institutional lives. They give us a blueprint for living our way into a new way of thinking about ourselves, our communities, and our organizations.



Adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Steps

  1. We admitted we were powerless over Whiteness—that our lives had become unmanageable.

  2. Came to believe that a Greater Wisdom could restore us to sanity.

  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care and direction of a Greater Wisdom as we understood it.

  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

  5. Admitted to our Greater Wisdom, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  6. Were entirely ready to have our Greater Wisdom transform all these defaults of character.

  7. Humbly asked our Greater Wisdom to transform our shortcomings.

  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a Greater Wisdom as we understood it, praying only for the knowledge of our Greater Wisdom’s vision for us and the willingness to carry that out.

  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles with sustainability in all our affairs.



The Traditions summarize the principles that have proven to help 12-Step groups function effectively for decades.

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon group unity.

  2. For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority—a loving Greater Wisdom as expressed by our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.

  3. The only requirement for group membership is a desire to stop harmful racist behavior and thinking.

  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or WA as a whole.

  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to persons wanting to change their racist behavior and thinking.

  6. A group ought never endorse, finance, or lend their name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

  7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

  8. Whiteness Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

  9. WA as such ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

  10. Whiteness Anonymous, as an organization, has no opinion on outside issues except for the dismantling of racist systems of thought and behavior.

  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we must always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, tv, and the Internet. This work is personal, and must not be used to demonstrate the “wokeness” of participants or organizations that host meetings.

  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.


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