Reflection on Merger (Dialectical Theology Part 8 of many)
Religious liberals were polarized between theists and humanists, and as a consequence turned toward public ministry as a way to unify.
At that point in time, the early 1960's, Racial Liberalism was the prevailing social vision. (Racial Liberalism can be defined as Integration and the minimization of racial difference. Color-blindness as a goal.)
In the absence of deeper theological unity, Racial Liberalism became the practical embodiment of Universalism, what we understood ourselves to be. Not just what we believed, but what we were.
You can see it in the shocked white response to the formation of black-only UU organizations in the late 1960's. Race-based caucusing was seen to a violation of something fundamental about Unitarian Universalism. That shocked reaction was definitely the case when the Black Affairs Council was formed in the later 60's. It still shows up in some people's response to the formation of BLUU sixty years later.
You can see it in the idealistic universality of the first principle. Compare it to the proposed eighth principle, which specifies the systems of oppression that the first principle only vaguely hints at.
You can see it still today in the assumption of many older and white UU's that the goal of all this talk about race is the integration of our congregations. As though that was the only way that religious denominations can serve people of different races and cultures.