I was unsure when to present this information and now seems fitting.
That I even have to create this post means you all are not doing enough of the work. We value you and know that you listen to us so here we go…
Are you a pale (white person) who unfriended or unfollowed people during this election cycle because they support racist ideas and racist candidates? or a cis-gender man who stopped interacting with coworkers or relatives because of their toxic misogyny? If you’re not engaging with them, who is influencing them now?
Please stay in those hard conversations; the world needs you to spend a lifetime unravelling these ideas from the people around you. Thanks for putting in the work
The story of occupied Turtle Island known as the United States of Amerikkka and Clanada is one marred by the oppression, rampant murder, malnutrition and displacement of indigenous people. In spite of attempts at their extinction, indigenous people continue living and carrying on generations’ of shared memory, knowledge, and trauma. There is a rich story of valiant indigenous resistance against colonizers, and there continues to be: we can look to the contemporary efforts by Mi’kmaq Lobstermen and the coalition around the Dakota Access Pipeline or to storic revolts like Pontiac’s War.
Brought to this land purely to labour are my people Africans. Initially kept slaving by overseers and slave catchers, those jobs shifted to vigilantes like the klu klux klan lynch mobs who became formalized by governments as the police with more recent attacks by the proud boys. We are still expected to labour low wage jobs, refuse mental health care and die in the streets as we protest these restless conditions. We too have strong platforms like the Underground Railroad, Malcom X, Black Panther Party, Black Lives Matter and Flip The Senate.
WE NEED YOU! What can descendants of colonizers and European immigrants do to reckon with their story? How do we deal with living in the constructs of colonization; how do stop ourselves from inherently perpetuating these constructs?
“This history is not your fault, but it is absolutely your responsibility.” A story of colonization exists and persists all around us. In this Political Education piece, Nikki Sanchez discusses what colonization looks like and how it can be addressed through decolonization. An equitable and just future depends on the courage we show NOW. “Let us make our grandchildren proud!”
Also do the work within yourself and with other Accomplices. Building relationships among our Accomplices is soooooo vital to our movement. A strong Accomplice Netowrk is neccessary for liberation. Consider forming an Accomplice group, mens group or similar to get support and process these conversations and your internalized supremacy. Connect with folks redistributing resources, People Of Heritage led organizations, peace and justice centers and get on the frontlines.
Get creative NOT complacent.
Because complacency is a nasty privilege that can never aide us.
Pleasure Surrender Of White Supremacy Podcast at For The Wild
meandwhitesupremacybook: A workbook specifically for pale folks that goes through different facets of white domination and ways we may be complicit in it
White Fragility Book Radical Dharma Book – this talks about using meditation to help deconstruct racist beliefs
10 Books About RaceResource Generation: is a multiracial membership community of young people (18-35) with wealth and/or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.
Racism Scale: Identify your own bias and help others explore theirs with this graduated scale.
Critical Resistance created Resources for Addressing Harm, Accountability, and Healing