This Facebook Live was a first attempt to help make connections to our collective liberation to the Movement for Black Lives.
I have been feeling called in this moment to help create emotional space for my Black friends in online spaces. The potential for white people to cause unintentional harm is great, since it hard to see our whiteness and to understand this moment if you haven’t been studying ant-racism and whiteness. So I centered myself in order to center these issues.
This harm can take many forms but it usually involves not understanding the moment in context of both current events and history and then attempting to move away from the discomfort that being white can bring in a moment like this.
Calls for “peace and unity” could be seen as indictment of the Movement for Black Lives. Another sentiment I saw expressed spoke to colorblindness as a solution. Both of these pleas are not only misguided but can actually be dangerous. I explain more in the video.
Spiritual seekers have an important part to play in this liberation movement for Black Lives. As Rev. angel Kyodo williams says,
“Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.”
So my call is to my friends to do the inner work, as many have been, but to remember that we are all interconnected, and that the inner work needs to be in service to the outer work of creating an anti-racist society so everyone can find true peace from an just society, not the false peace of oppression.
I will continue to add more to this- this is barely the beginning.
Book: My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Author: Resmaa Menakem (he has other books as well)
Podcast Episode: On Being: Notice the Rage: Notice the Silence by Resmaa Menakem
Course: FREE 5 day experiential course to somatically abolish White Body Supremacy by Trauma Specialist Resmaa Menakem
Book: How To Be An Antiracist — Ibram X. Kendi (he has several other books as well)
Video: How Color Blindness Promotes Injustice with social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt – 1 minute YouTube
Video: Attorney Lee Merritt talking about the importance of seeing race (a clip of news conference about Amaud Arbery)- Facebook