Moving Forward as White People

 My sense is that as white people - frequently - we:

1. Directly related to how much privilege we have, we tend to remain silent as long as we are in our comfort zone within our privilege,

Example:  We used to only be mildly bothered by systemic racist and its persistence - either not seeing it, or seeing it as isolated incidents, or not that major things etc. and/or we had other priorities that dwarfed it.

2. When we feel discomfort taking us out of our comfort zone(s), we commonly begin delving into the new dissonance that we feel

Example: The George Floyd killing took many of us out of our comfort zone,

3. As we process and work through the discomfort many of us find a deepening (positive) challenge that contains discomfort - but also has resolve - to move forward positively - feeling the importance of what we are doing - the necessity of sustaining what we are doing.

Example: We seek additional self-education such as in this course as well as building allies doing the work, etc.

4. In seriously beginning our work we notice multiple challenges among those around us including:

a. Vested interests - opposing us:  Example: The upper-class/establishment opposition,

b. Peers - who may have - for example - been "in the streets with us" - a year ago - but are "fatigued" or "moving on in their lives" and/or don't seem to take the systemic/persistent nature of Racism (as well as Classism, Sexism, Homo/Lesbian/Trans phobias)- anywhere near as seriously as we do,

c. Others - who seem apathetic in general

d. People - with Varying levels of seeming opposition to us - particularly noted when they are close to us such as family members, co-workers, members of congregations of our religious faiths (when we are members of religious institutions)

5. As we grow in our work, we learn various lessons (here I personally have MUCH work to do) - apart of our basic needs for self-education and sharing what we learn with others such as:

a. The importance of our personal/spiritual, heart-felt cores,

b. The significance of working - building allies in our work,

c. The importance of being effective - reaching others -  as opposed to "being right",

d. How we can best sustain ourselves in doing the work - avoiding burnout and feeling fulfilled and challenged together,

e. Both our commonalities - and our differences - how important both are,

f. How we can maximize our strengths - and minimize our limitations,

g. The beauty and love - of others - including allies, potential allies, others we care about and (hopefully) significant numbers of people (seemingly at least) in opposition to us.


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