Friday, 15 October 2021
Then you are NOT being honest... (or you're missing the whole point of calling out privilege and calls to action to stop overpowering those without privilege)
If marginalized persons/groups point in your general direction and other you as the other who has been an oppressor (and you fit the description of their oppressors), then you need to surrender. If you are NOT in that marginalized group, you ARE in the oppressor group.
Even if your parents didn't directly own slaves
It's what an ally does - in order to allow the marginalized voice to be elevated.
If you don't understand how you could be an oppressor when you haven't actively engaged in being an oppressor - check your privilege and check the status quo and see how these match up. If you benefit from the status quo, especially for doing nothing, you are in the oppressor group.
Yep - it might be a little unfair - and the solution to all this is...
Wait for it...
It's important that you...
Lower your self-protective defenses because nobody is really attacking you when asking you to reflect and examine your privilege.
You are NOT an ALLY if you do not understand this stuff, know how to hold space with a marginalized group or person, or if you continue to be defensive and butthurt about privilege you hold like a piece of property. If you can't distribute that privilege to EVERYONE around you - it's a status quo thing and you benefit from keeping things as they are. (even if you don't like that you benefit and don't mean to benefit from keeping things as they are - even if you WISH things weren't this way).
If you require that things stay as they are - you cannot be an ally to any other than the dominant group you belong to.
Racism is harsh.
Self-reflection is hard.
Colours, shapes, differences exist... and people with different skin colours belong together.
Move the heck over white people! If you're not going to surrender in order to learn about honest self-reflection and allyship, move over, out of the way - you're impeding the progress of others who are doing the work of liberating people from oppression... if you move aside, eventually the black people and other minorities and oppressed will liberate you from your denial and oppression, too, but you're going last in line for that.
Last in line. For a change.
Privilege is SO AWESOME... only when you understand it and use it mindfully for particular purposes. Privilege is awesome - when you can examine it and do your best to abandon it (in context, of course). When removing your own privilege is not possible, it is awesome when you can stand in it and admit you have it and can still hold space fully for someone else.
Sunday, 19 July 2020
It's amazing that #BlackLivesMatter is so polarizing when reasonable human beings can agree that Blacks have faced and still face so much racism - all over the world.
Today, you pretty much have to be a denier of history as well as current events to conclude that life is okay for Black people, that they are safe or as safe as Whites.
Here's how #blacklivesmatter is about Whites, too:
- actively engaging in racist actions is harmful to everyone
- active engagement in racist activity is harmful to Whites
- active engagement in racist activity is harmful to Blacks
- active engagement in racist activities is harmful to all races
- feeling superior to another races is bad for Whites (is delusional)
- feeling superior to another race is based on lies
- being superior means a ton of pressure - who needs that?
- oppressing blacks doesn't make you truly more secure
White Supremacists, your arguments are erroneous and your history of white power is based on abuse, not truth and merit. Your rise is a result of you dehumanizing yourselves as well as others. Also, your rise is about your cruelty and barbarism and your absolute fear and weakness regarding being upstanding human beings. You fear black (and minority) strength just as much as you fear your own weaknesses and mostly - you fear being found out. This last point is your most ridiculous response in your grandest delusion because you've been found out for hundreds of years.
Only your cruelty and abusiveness keep you in any kind of power. However, you are creating more and more resiliency in your target enemy because you can't kill all of the people you fear at once. Those who survived your last round of attacks are stronger than those you last attacked, more creative and resilient. They are constantly re-creating themselves, continually re-forming and surviving everything you've been dishing out for centuries while most of your tactics remain the same.
Blacks and minorities haven't been trying to decimate you, Whites and persons holding great power through cruel and oppressive methods. Blacks and minorities are not interested in the work of genocide against you, Whites, because Blacks and most minorities still possess their humanity. They just want your grievous savagery and continual harms against humanity to stop.
So - if you're so powerful - just for one day - STOP!
Aside from actual white supremacist thinking, it is obvious, (most) Whites, you don't know how to do this - stop being oppressors. You don't know how to liberate anyone from oppression, especially yourselves - but don't worry! Many resilient minorities - including amazing black people - are methodically working to change this and help us all - even you.
You can start to educate yourself - as non-whites have been doing:
And once you stop defending your white rights and just hear what is being taught by Freire, hooks, Brown, DiAngelo and many, many more diversity facilitators and educators, you will FEEL LESS attacked - you can't learn while you're using the same brain cells to formulate defending statements.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Here's a film that is in the viewing list of the document that came out in 2016 called Syllabus For White People To Educate Themselves.... I have been calling it "Syllabus For Whites" here and there on my blog. The film is called "13th."
Here it is :
If this doesn't work or works poorly for you - check for this title on Netflix. If you don't have Netflix, try viewing here letting the film buffer for a few minutes 'til you settle in to watch.