White women paying more than $3000 for dinner which teaches them to unlearn racism

Regina Jackson and Saira Rao
Regina Jackson and Saira Rao Photo credit: Race to Dinner

White women in the US are paying top dollar for a dinner which teaches them how to unlearn their inherent racism.

Regina Jackson and Saira Rao run the Race to Dinner events, which cost $3847 (US$2500). The two women of colour have held 15 dinners across the United States since mid-2019.

The dinners run for two hours and hosts 8 to ten white women as guests - one of whom volunteers to host the event at her home.

White men and Trump supporters are not invited, as Jackson and Rao say there is no point trying to change their mindset.

"White men are never going to change anything," Jackson told The Guardian.

"If they were they would have done it by now."

She says they focus on white liberal women as they feel they will be open to their influence.

The hope is that once they have listened to Jackson and Rao, the women can go on to influence other people around them.

Jackson and Rao met in 2018, when Rao ran for congress.

"When Regina [Jackson] joined the campaign she noticed the throngs of white women anxious to meet Saira [Rao] with the sole intent to tell her they weren't racist," reads the website.

Deciding she was "done getting berated by white women", Rao founded Race to Dinner. 

The dinners are a "starting point" to undoing racism, say the pair.

"A place to start thinking through how you actively uphold white supremacy every minute of every day," the page website reads.

"This isn't personal. This doesn't make you bad. This is systemic."