BREAKING NEWS – Portland, Maine – A Maine hospital executive involved in diversity, equity and inclusion hosted an antiracist prayer service that had a group of White people apologize for their internalized racism as White people.
Ryan Polly is a vice president of DEI at MaineHealth, a hospital system of over 20,000 employees. He has said the hospitals cater to overwhelmingly White patients, which is reflected by local demographics.
Polly refers to himself as a “minister” of a group called One Spirit, and he teaches attendees how to be practitioners of antiracism through a prayer that he dedicated to “loving spirits who are known by many names. Instead of starting of the prayer with the words “Heavenly Father,” he begins it with “Supreme nonbinary liberal safe-space creator.”