You need to read this.
/Hat tip to Angela Nine Ravens
I bet her comments are often unpopular. I openly admit that white privilege has shaped my adult life without me ever lifting a finger to insist upon it; that is, for example, one reason I have never explored my Amerindian bits of ancestry — I feel too ashamed!
I also resonated strongly (for a different reason) with her explanation of why black people do NOT show their pain on a regular basis — fear. I was once treated very harshly by a counselor for showing what he phrased “low affect” and this led him to think I was lying about my childhood — that it could not have been ‘so bad’ and leave me so emotionless. I was enraged, how could that moron NOT know that if I showed a whisper of emotion — discontent, pain, anger, sorror — IN that place, I would be BEATEN? And there it is, that IS where non-white Americans live all the time.
Reblogged this on Experiential Pagan and commented:
She is right, if your skin is white, you need to read this.
syrbal, Thank you for sharing that. I hear what your are saying. And I know that you are not a liar.
Thank you so much for sharing this (and many others)! To me these blogs and articles are lessons I can learn in order to (hopefully) do better. I share them on my Facebook page too, even though sometimes I’m afraid I’ll be attacked or flamed for them. And then I realize, if I’m this fearful of being an ally, what’s it like for those an actual danger? Blessed be to you for your courage.
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:
You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change )
You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change )
You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change )
You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change )
Connecting to %s
Notify me of new comments via email.
Notify me of new posts via email.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
Join 3,042 other followers