It is no longer acceptable to use my inherited white privilege to "benefit" those who suffer at its hands. It's time to burn away The White Washing, to face my own shadows and fears of how the very thing I despise lives in me.
It's time to get down in the dirt and do the hard work of dismantling the habits I have inherited or been taught that keep The White Supremacist legacy in tact. If you haven't read @wildmysticwoman post about spiritual white washing, I highly recommend you do so. I've had to take a good hard long look at myself and see the ways I've avoided the news, the ways my idealism and compassion have passively hurt others through my lack of action.
I want to hear from you all the ways in which you face and dismantle white supremacy, patriarchy, racism in your own lives. What are real, actionable ways you're making changes? For now I'm going to build an effigy to my inner white goddess of spiritual bypassing and ceremonial burn her to ashes along with my resistance to giving up my white privileges (see @thevoluptuouswitch insta stories for great insight on this). For me ritual is a place to start, to get deeply personal, to make real through symbolic action the changes I want to see in myself. To create space for emotions to rise up and be felt, let go of that I have been avoiding. .
Next steps include committing to continuing to talk about anti-racism long after these events have faded. Next steps include reading the newspaper or any news for that matter from the left and right at least a few times a week and not passively getting it from my social media feeds which I am totally guilty of. Next steps include thinking real hard about the direction I want my life to go in and the people I want to serve, and how I can make real change through those choices.
Let it be clear that I do not believe that hate will help any of us. The actions and sentiments of White Supremacists is intolerable, inhumane, despicable. It's our job to make sure #lovewins over such horrors. It's our job to call out each other and ourselves for the ways we avoid making real change.
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This is up to you and it is up to me. It IS as simple as that. Ask yourself what you're going to do with your power? Are you going to let the bitterness and anger harden you? Or are you going to reach out and lift up. Because this isn't someone else's issue. This isn't the moment in which we point fingers and play the blame game. This is my fault. And it's yours. We all could have done something sooner. And we didn't. Get up America. Let them know where we stand because they are clearly confused. We don't tolerate it outside our borders and we sure don't tolerate it within. Ask yourself what you can do and if you're unsure then get someone else's opinion - maybe even someone who's opinion generally differs from yours. There is not a single circumstance in which hate is okay. Racism is not okay. Why is this so difficult to grasp! What unicorn pooped on you and made you superior to anyone? This country has a whole lot of issues and some of them are incredibly complicated but this is not one of them. This one is easy. I'll break it down for you, any bad thought or action towards someone solely because they are different from you is unjustifiable. What's really sad is that we've all done it, including myself. So recognize it and cut it out.
So Important. Before you "punch a nazi" be sure to fight white supremacy and racism in all aspects of your life. Silence= compliance. If you are white, it is your job to dismantle white supremacy and racism in your every day life. Call other white people out!(including your racist, sexist, etc. relatives)