A conversation that must keep going

pull back the veilFor the first time in the 3 plus years that I’ve been with my partner, who is black, I’ve wondered about potential for violence because of our ‘mixed race’ status. He’s probably wondered about it all along, because he’s experienced racism first hand over the years, as every person of colour has. My privilege is showing.

I was looking at him asleep beside me last night and had an overwhelming urge to protect him, to curl myself around him and not let anything bad happen. But, of course, even if I could wrap myself around the one black man I happen to love, where would that leave everyone else?

As uncomfortable as it may be, we must keep exposing and talking about racism in the US, Canada and in the world. Let’s keep exposing this, it’s the only way to combat it. We don’t have the luxury of burying our heads in the sand anymore. That’s a privilege white people have had. It’s time (long past time in reality) to look critically at what people of colour have been experiencing for a long, long time. It’s time to start listening to people of colour and being vocal about the issues. It’s time to learn; to take our privilege as white people and actively work at ending racism. It will take time for sure. But let’s start.

The first thing we can do is notice where we experience privilege in our lives. For me,

Anderson Cooper did a piece on the events in Charlottesville that is quite poignant. Here’s the link:

//fave.api.cnn.io/v1/fav/?video=politics/2017/08/15/trump-charlottesville-press-conference-keeping-them-honest-ac.cnn&customer=cnn&edition=domestic&env=prod

Here’s a post from Upworthy about what you and I can do: 16 Ways you can make a big difference.

Here’s a link to the Interdependence Blog which has a 21 day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge .

There are videos (starting with one called Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo) about white privilege available here: UCC Resources

Let’s make sure we are educated on these issues. We can fight this together.

 

Advertisements

About Reena Davis

I am a certified yoga teacher and a student of all things spiritual.
This entry was posted in Spirituality and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to A conversation that must keep going

  1. David says:

    This is a good and helpful post, Reena. I will say it bluntly – Racism in our country can only be ended by white people. And possibly the greatest hurdle to that is denial that systematic racism continues to exist after 400 years. And I’m with you, we start by educating ourselves. Good post. Thanks for the links.

  2. sunshine shakti says:

    Something to think about: when one buys into “white supremacy” and “white privilege”, you are merely buying into the pablum that the controllers are dishing out to you. Why don’t people get together and fight the real supremacists, NOT WHITE FOLKS, but the OLIGARCHS who run everything: you, me, the governments, countries, financial systems. No, instead we are buying into a false, engineered, manufactured meme that white privilege and white supremacy are all about. And the controllers are all laughing at us because we are saps. Anyone ever go to Appalachia – there’s no white privilege there. If you are always looking for racism, you are darn well going to find it; but if you are looking for good and positivity, then you find that. WHITE PRIVILEGE IS A BIG PSY-OP meant to divide and conquer so yes educate yourself about that… if you have an open mind and not just swallowing what the establishment or academics serve you up.

    Don’t believe everything that is shoved down your throats by the mainstream media from any country. turn off TV. Throw out the newspapers. These media are all bought and sold by your own governments. Look up Operation mockingbird. Operation Chaos. Operation Gladio. All served up by the folks we thought were looking out after us.

    A truthseeker said recently “wars and OTHER MAN MADE CONFLICTS give the citizenry something to react to, instead of hunting down the establishment cabal like they should.”

    Here is something else to ponder:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-16-wake-up-people-alt-left-and-alt-right-are-run-by-the-same-forces-the-goal-is-divide-and-conquer.html

    Good luck in your neck of the woods. I’m going to join hands with my white, black, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern neighbors and sing “no more divide and conquer”. Will you join me?

    • Reena Davis says:

      Pointing out white privilege, particularly in North America, is in no way a ‘divide and conquer strategy’. I care about all people the world over. There are ways in which our establishments keep people of colour , of certain religions, of certain sexualities and abilities down. As a white woman, I have privilege in that I don’t ever have to question whether or how my skin colour plays into decisions of whether or not I get a job, for example. That said, as a woman, I do need to wonder if people throw out my resume because of my name. Another example is that people with full abilities never have to wonder if they’ll be capable of using a washroom at an event. There are always washrooms for people with abilities. Not true of people who are in wheelchairs. Looking at and educating ourselves about where our privileges are is not aimed to make people feel guilty or separate. It’s asking that all establishments, especially government, have a good look at how their practices effect all people, rather an the chosen few.
      I respect your opinion and thank you for your comments. And I couldn’t agree mor when you say don’t believe everything that is shoved down your throats. And I’m happy to join in the chorus of no more divide and conquer, these concepts are not against each other.

  3. K E Garland says:

    Thanks for being an ally and the light ❤

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s