Originally published September 2017. Ever under review.
Like so many people – I am sickened and horrified by the latest acts of terrorism in this country. I have a hard time articulating this but I did the best I could in this facebook post earlier this week. I am sharing it with you with the knowledge that it may not resonate with you – I am okay with that. If you are ready to work together in a community of purposeful action to face hard truths and work against white supremacy, let us join together.
I am a white woman in a white supremacist society.
I am descended from slave owners and Confederate soldiers.
I have received the benefits of white privilege since before I was born. My health care, my prosperity, my education, my upbringing, my career options, my opportunities, my interactions with professors and store clerks and police officers and doctors and [I could go on and on], my ability to function in public – all have been built within the context of white supremacy.
I don’t think it’s right. I can’t decline it. I categorically reject all forms of violence aimed at enforcing or expanding white privilege.
The Nazi symbol, the Confederate flag, support for slavery, and white nationalism (and all euphemisms that go along with them) are not free speech – they are explicit calls for violence. If you believe in them, if you defend them, or if you apologize for them, there is no place for you in my life. Good bye.
I dedicate my life to ending oppression and creating change that allows all people to enjoy the opportunities I have taken for granted. I move forward with daily commitment to deeper awareness of my privilege.
My life is now a conscious, intentional practice around social justice and the end of oppression.
I offer my non-judgmental support to anyone who wishes to move forward on a similar journey.