This week, I participated in one of the last classes for my Beloved Conversations. We only have one more class. This has been a special class so there is some sadness around that. In these classes, we have addressed the concept of racism and how its presence in our lives is rather ubiquitous, mostly without our even thinking it really exists.
We can’t help it. We can’t help that we grew up in a system that taught us to fear people different than ourselves. This is not about blame. It is about change. It is about kindness and empathy, in areas that we didn’t even know we weren’t being kind and empathic.
My small group of about 15 or so people are not directly going to change the world, but I can tell you that I have been changed by this class. I didn’t expect to be. I thought I had it already figured out. I am thoughtful and kind. What’s not to love?
As I am choosing to face my own blind spots, I will impact those around me – and the wave goes on and on. It is my hope in writing this post (and others to follow) that I will convince even one person to do a little research into the topic of race. I will give you a list of resources at the bottom of this page to get you started, if you would like. I promise you – it will be a freeing experience.
This first video is a series I found on YouTube. It’s a great series for “us white people” who have no idea how we might be offending people of color without realizing it. The series is called Decoded (by MTV) and there are lots of videos you can watch to get an idea of what I am talking about. Here is the link to the full channel but here are just a few to get you started…
This first one is about the word “Privileged”. As she says in the video, most people are privileged in some way. Talking about it isn’t about giving up your privilege, but it is important to talk about it. When you talk about privilege, you are bringing the elephant out of the closet for a nice little chat. (4:52)
How people talk is a big deal. Check this out… (2:35)
This one is hilarious. Just imagine if people said things like this to you every day. You would feel kinda sensitive, wouldn’t you? (2:40)
OMG. Whitesplaining. (2:48)
If that got you intrigued, here are some other links to learning more!
Allies for Racial Equality – This site has a TON of great resources but this is a link to their resources page, which lists many great books and resources for racial equality. They have a free webinar series posted on their YouTube channel.
UUA Multiculturalism Page – This is the site for the Unitarian Universalist organization, specifically their page about the projects they are involved in internationally for the equal treatment of all races.
Links to Anti-Racism Activist Sites – This is a collection of sites that are working together to combat racism.
Here is a list of books on racism, if you just want to read about different perspectives.
I know that’s a lot. I am going to try and write about this topic more on my blog because it is just that important. I hope that you have found this interesting! I know I did when I started digging. Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are about all of this!