White folx are implicated whether we like it or not. Here’s how to take accountability. This is #WELLread.
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** WHITENESS ON THE COUCH
Every time I bring up whiteness, a white person inevitably suggests that I say it differently. They "offer" that I call it privilege or prejudice or put the focus on racism and systems of oppression. They want politeness and palatability that does not implicate them based on the color of their skin.
But we, white folx, are implicated - compromised at birth - whether we like it or not.
Given our passion for spiritual practice and personal transformation, how are we not talking about whiteness all the time? About how it robs us of our humanity and our human potential? About how it holds us back from richness of relationship and diversity of perspectives?
How are we not breaking it down with our therapists ([link removed]) , tackling it on the mat, and contemplating it on the cushion?
There is no self-awareness without social location. And if we are really committed to the wholeness that we so relentlessly seek, then we need to start naming and confronting whiteness at every turn. We need to listen and learn from people of color. And we need to take action to deconstruct our minds and dismantle the systems that uphold white supremacy.
This week is all about accountability: the kind that breaks down the barriers that separate us and builds community between us. Are you in?
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It's time to talk about being white in America ([link removed]) . I mean, it's way past time, but many of us are just catching up. And in the wake of the "whitewashing of lynching," here are some resources to accelerate your learning. 1. Order Me & White Supremacy ([link removed]) , Layla Saad's book for the step-by-step how-to on deconstructing whiteness and dismantling systems. 2. Talk to someone. The idea that whiteness is a problematic state of being, one that requires immediate intervention for the health of the nation, has been seeping into white consciousness since the 1960s and even earlier. So why is no one talking about it on the therapy couch? This is a must read. ([link removed]) 3. Do your work
([link removed]) . Dismantling whiteness is an every moment, everyday practice of love and accountability. Love in how we see and treat one another with the full dignity and respect that they deserve. And accountability in how we take responsibility for our part, our complicity, and our job in making it right.
Accountability looks like how we come into community with one another (adrienne maree brown). And it's an everyday practice of taking responsibility and being in relationship. Here's a helpful list of practices ([link removed]) that make accountability and transformation possible. And check out this conversation on how to support harm doers in being accountable ([link removed]) featuring amazing leaders like adrienne maree brown, Stas Schmiedt, Lea Roth, Mimi Kim, RJ Maccani, Priya Rai, Mia Mingus, Martina Kartman, Elliott Fukui, Sonya Shah, Rachel Herzing, Shira Hassan, and Ann Russo.
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