The world in which you were born
is just one model of reality.
Other cultures are not
failed attempts at being you.
They are unique manifestations
of the human spirit.
Article by JBW Tucker, in his Reclaiming Conservative Theology blog:
Fear is one of the roots of racism, and this is a gentle introduction to the subject, but it is also fairly superficial proposal: overcoming racism or any other deeply embedded prejudice requires a lot more than intellectually understanding other cultures (or even accepting the general principle that all cultures have their rationale) but open-mindedness is certainly a good start.
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Humor can be a great way to show up a different point of view, whilst helping us to release some of the tension of deeply painful patterns of injustice that hurt all of us. Aamer Rahman does a great job of delivering a big history lesson & deep social commentary wrapped up in laughter - for those with eyes to see.
It is important to also study the history of indigenous people in order to apreciate the devastating effects of racism on our collective understanding and especially practice of sustainability: even environmentalists are usually trying to 'save civilization' (meaning 'white people', as Lewis CK humorously points out below).
It is only possible to carry out the massive & ongoing genocide of native peoples that we have witnessed since civilization (=people living in cities & feeding off agriculture) started, if there is some psychological / cultural structure in place which makes it easy to objectify these 'other' humans, and that pattern is racism.
So this page is linked to the Indigenous People page in this e-book for that reason.
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Another comedian, this time a white ally, explaining racism in a way that can make us laugh, which is a spontaneous reaction to seeing things we are confused, fearful or deeply embarassed about told in a new way, and / or in a light, non-shaming way.
Louis has a mixed race heritage (Jewish, Mexican, East European), and probably grew up with tales of racism that impacted his family, although he is conscious of having full white male privileges, which he asks white people to be a lot more conscious about.
Marilyn was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Ella Fitzgerald was one of Marilyn’s idols and a major inspiration. However, the Mocambo nightclub in West Hollywood, the most popular dance spot at the time, refused to let Ella perform there because she was black. Outraged, Marilyn told the owners that if they would let Ella perform, she would be there in the front row every time Ella was onstage. She did, and the two became friends.
According to the great Ella Fitzgerald:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald
"Our conditioning does not emphasize
generosity or relinquishing.
Wanting, getting, and hoarding
are dominant emphases
in our culture...
In the Buddhist cosmology
one of the realms of being
is that of 'hungry ghosts.'
When asked what life is like
in that realm,
teacher Thich Nhat Hanh
answered with one word:
(Sharon Salzberg, "Lovingkindness")
"I love how Hermione being black is somehow more implausible to some people than a universe where the entire postal system depends on owls
— Snukes (@QueerDiscOx) December 20, 2015 -
Video list on Racism
Explaining white privilege to a broke white person - very good article