A moment to breath...
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As a white woman, I know that I benefit from white privilege. I have grown up and found my way forward in a society that is built upon a deep foundation of white supremacy. The nature of this is hidden. It's obvious when you really look at it, but white people have defined the rules of "respectability" and "culture" so thoroughly that it is easy for us to mistake the ideas and signs of white culture for what is "proper".
We know how to look and how to speak when we go into a bank to request a loan. If you didn't have to think for a second about the color of your skin and how to adjust the way you present yourself when walking into a bank, you are probably white. If you have never had to view yourself as being a particular race when going through your every day life and activities, you are probably white. Colorblindness only exists for white people. Not wanting to consider the different experience that people of color have in this broken, racist system is what perpetuates the racism.
I am racist. We are all racist. And I am committed to work hard for the rest of my life to try to find, learn and apply any and all antiracist language, concepts, perspectives, activities, measures, interventions, and actionable steps. I know I am only in my infant steps towards this goal. I know this work will never be done.
My white friends, please don't be afraid. This does not nullify your agency or voice. This will not take away everything you've worked hard for in a world that has seemed hard to navigate or advance in. This is only the better way to finding and using your agency and voice. We will all benefit from addressing racism in our society!
I know my family has benefited from centuries of racism and white supremacy. This doesn't change the traumas and difficulties I have faced in such a deeply broken system, especially as a woman in a patriarchal world that seems to not really value human life (nor any life) very much. But it does mean that I don't have the much more thickly layered traumas and disadvantages of being black, indigenous or any other disadvantaged race.
I have, do, and will make mistakes. I will make every effort to notice, catch, and learn from every mistake. I take responsibility for discovering, unpacking, and learning about racism and my role in perpetuating it. Being racist does not nullify the good in our hearts- it is simply a fact of living in a society created upon the foundations of white supremacy. We need compassion for ourselves to extend that compassion to others.
May we all find strength and compassion for ourselves and others.