Unlearning White Supremacy 110

This is the second in a series of anti-racism education for anyone who wishes to heal our country, our states, our cities/towns, our neighbourhoods…

This is for those yt people who are working against their fragility. This is for my fellow yt people who wish to #BuildtheBelovedCommunity

In our last session Unlearning White Supremacy 101, we watched videos, and read articles. By now you should have a baseline understanding. Now it’s time to bring that information to others, to share your perspectives, and to enter the conversation with family and friends. In the next session we will work towards then bringing the conversation into our jobs, places of worship, and various other institutions that perpetuate white supremacy, even if they do not recognise it directly.

So my hope with this next list of resources is to get you to the point where you feel comfortable, just enough, to start this work. Yes, there are chances we could lose prestige, our privilege may be degraded, our clout may degenerate; but why? And why should we let those fears hold us back from helping our POC neighbours, friends, and family? They’ve been doing this work since they were born, it’s our turn as white people to feel uncomfortable. It’s our time to own up to the past and present. And it’s time to steep in the nuances, and realities of others less privileged than ourselves.

PREREQUISITES: Unlearning White Supremacy 101. Please begin there, and then work your way through the following.

Please NOTE: Again, this is by far not an exhaustive list. Also, not all of the provided offers a perspective that I agree with 100% but rather reflects the material that I watched and reflected upon in real time, in sequence. For better or worse these were the articles that I was exposed to and that allowed my awareness to broaden. Example: in 2. “The Lie,” after looking at it now, I do not see “All White People are racist,” as a lie. Unfortunately when discussing structural racism, children do not quite yet understand the nuances nor the complexities of racism. However, the rest of the video showcasing various other stereotypes is beautiful and encouraging.

  1. First Black Woman To Own Comic Shop Lands Marvel Cover,” by Zeba Blay (10/26/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/first-black-woman-to-own-comic-shop-lands-marvel-cover_us_5810b64ce4b08582f88cfa24

  2. The Lie,” Kevin Pastor https://vimeo.com/182020903
  3. How To Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective,” by Kelly Hayes (10/27/16) https://transformativespaces.org/2016/10/27/how-to-talk-about-nodapl-a-native-perspective/
  4. “Is Reverse Racism A Thing?”  https://www.facebook.com/theRoot/videos/10157094038775231/
  5. The veins of America: Stunning map shows every river basin in the US.” By CHEYENNE MACDONALD and MARK PRIGG (10/21/16) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3860062/The-veins-America-Stunning-map-shows-river-basin-US.html
  6. Police: Wife Of Millbury Cop Faked Robbery, Vandalism Of Own Home.” (10/28/16)  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/10/28/millbury-police-officer-wife-report-robbery-home/ 
  7. KING: White privilege sets Oregon militia members free,” by Shaun King. (10/28/16) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-white-privilege-sets-oregon-militia-members-free-article-1.2848847
  8. ICE Plans to Reopen the Very Same Private Prison the Feds Just Closed.” (10/27/16) https://www.thenation.com/article/ice-plans-to-reopen-the-very-same-private-prison-the-feds-just-closed/
  9. Van Jones: How Prisons Hurt Communities.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZZmMrFQzVs
  10. Latina Journalist Schools Trump Advisor Who Used the Term ‘Illegals’,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro2GuaBG7KY
  11. Even If Trump Loses, White Nationalists Say They’ve Won,” (11/2/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-white-nationalists_us_581a103be4b0a76e174c51bb
  12. Dakota Access Pipeline Water Commercial – YouTube.” (11/5/16)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKvvIV3dso4
  13. The Meaning Of #BlackGirlMagic, And How You Can Get Some Of It,” by Julee Wilson (1/12/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-is-black-girl-magic-video_us_5694dad4e4b086bc1cd517f4
  14. White House, White Supremacy.” (11/11/16) https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/835329596608549/
  15. ‘Racial Battle Fatigue’ Is Real: Victims of Racial Microaggressions Are Stressed Like Soldiers in War,” by David Love. (11/11/16)
    http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/11/11/racial-battle-fatigue-is-real-victims-of-racial-microaggressions-are-stressed-like-soldiers-in-war/
  16. Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Shut Down White Dude On What Racism Is.” (11/12/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-emmett-tyrrell-racism_us_582770e8e4b0c4b63b0cf282
  17. EXPLAINING WHITE PRIVILEGE TO A BROKE WHITE PERSON…” by Gina Crosley-Corcoran http://occupywallstreet.net/story/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person
  18. Stop Asking Me to Empathize With the White Working Class,” by Kali Holloway. (11/11/16) http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/stop-asking-me-empathize-white-working-class
  19. DR. KING’S ADVICE TO PROTESTERS: “THE POWER OF ECONOMIC WITHDRAWAL.” (7/17/16) http://noirg.org/articles/dr-kings-advice-to-ferguson-the-power-of-economic-withdrawal/
  20. What to Do About Trump? The Same Thing My Grandfather Did in 1930s Vienna,” by Liel Leibovitz. http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/217831/what-to-do-about-trump 
  21. Watch “Indefensible: The Wrongful Prosecution of the UAlbany Three.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWt00kTmd4Y
  22. PLEASE DONATE to the UAlbany Bus Appeals Fund: https://www.youcaring.com/ualbanywomen-838155
  23. I’m Not Calling You A Racist. I’m Calling You An Irresponsible, Privileged White Woman,” (11/16/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/im-not-calling-you-a-racist-im-calling-you-an-irresponsible_us_5824c5d7e4b01e4dcf34babd
  24. On Donald Trump And White Leftists Who Want To Build Bridges,” (11/16/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/on-donald-trump-and-white-leftists-who-want-to-build_us_5826065de4b0852d9ec2155d
  25. Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide,” https://www.splcenter.org/20100216/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide
  26. Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump’s Election,” by Zeba Blay. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/toni-morrison-fear-of-losing-white-privilege-led-to-trumps-election_us_58330ee2e4b058ce7aac0964
  27. Donald Trump Is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety,” (11/16/16) http://time.com/4573307/donald-trump-white-rage/
  28. The Art of the Protest – The New York Times,” (11/21/16)  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/opinion/the-art-of-the-protest.html?_r=0
  29. Letters To California Mosques Praise Donald Trump, Promise Genocide,” (11/26/16)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-mosque-letters-genocide_us_5839ffcbe4b000af95ee61bd
  30. “Make America Hate Again: Hate Speech and Crimes Post-Election,http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/10/us/post-election-hate-crimes-and-fears-trnd/
  31. I Shouldn’t Have To Debate The Value Of My Humanity With Anyone,” by Mungi Ngomane. (11/21/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joy-ngoma/atremath-of-the-us-electi_b_12930906.html
  32. How Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Validates, Expands On The Black Narrative,” by Rahel Gebreyes. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/issa-rae-insecure-black-tv-shows_us_57f2b38ee4b0c2407cdf3d96
  33. 8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters,” by Maisha Z. Johnson and nisha ahuja. http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/05/yoga-cultural-appropriation/
  34. Does ‘Decoded’ Hate White People?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmDCADWyaiI
  35. Native American Girls Describe the REAL History Behind Thanksgiving,” (11/22/16)
    http://www.teenvogue.com/story/native-american-girls-describe-the-real-history-behind-thanksgiving
  36. From Smallpox-Tainted Blankets to the #NoDAPL Evacuation: The Lie of Colonial Concern,” by Kelly Hayes. (11/29/16) http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38549-from-smallpox-tainted-blankets-to-the-nodapl-evacuation-the-lie-of-colonial-concern
  37. THE NEW WEST: STANDING ROCK A REMINDER OF THREE WORDS AMERICA CAN’T CONFRONT: HOMEGROWN AMERICAN GENOCIDE,” (12/2/16) http://www.explorebigsky.com/the-new-west-standing-rock-a-reminder-of-three-words-america-cant-confront-homegrown-american-genocide
  38. Street Artist Delivers Powerful Message To White America,” by Priscilla Frank. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tatyana-fazlalizadeh-street-art_us_583c9912e4b04b66c01b53ea
  39. 2 Ways to be a positive change-maker: Reconciling conversations and peace-making,” (11/29/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-v-taylor/2-ways-to-be-a-positive-c_b_12950198.html
  40. Suggested-“Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism.” Book by Charles W. Mills.
  41. Suggested-“CRITICAL RACE PRAXIS: RACE THEORY AND POLITICAL LAWYERING PRACTICE IN POSTCIVIL RIGHTS AMERICA,” by Eric K. Yamamoto. https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/35336/Yamamoto_95MichLRev821.pdf?sequence=1
  42. Suggested-“Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights,” Book By Jessie Daniels.
  43. Suggested-“White Women’s Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States,” By Louise Michele Newman.
  44. How Fantasy Film Plays On The Black Experience While Erasing Black People,” by Zeba Blay. (12/2/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-fantasy-film-plays-on-the-black-experience-while-erasing-black-people_us_583f36e6e4b09e21702c5de2
  45. Black Lives Matter. Now What?” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-lives-matter-now-what_us_5841c224e4b0cf3f64558965
  46. Suggested- “Buddha Or Karl Marx,” Book by B. R. Ambedkar.
  47. The Scourge of Racial Bias in New York State’s Prisons,” (12/3/16)  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/nyregion/new-york-state-prisons-inmates-racial-bias.html
  48. For Blacks Facing Parole in New York State, Signs of a Broken System,” (12/4/16)
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/04/nyregion/new-york-prisons-inmates-parole-race.html
  49. The Stain of Racism in New York’s Prisons,” (12/6/16)
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/opinion/the-stain-of-racism-in-new-yorks-prisons.html
  50. 11 Black Athletes & Celebs Who Took A Stand Against Injustice In 2016,” by Brennan Williams. (12/9/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/11-black-athletes-celebrities-took-stand-against-injustice-2016_us_584b1c20e4b04c8e2bafec94
  51. Florida’s broken sentencing system,”  http://projects.heraldtribune.com/bias/sentencing/
  52. Become more familiar with your local legislation, crime sentences, etc. Mass incarceration and the school-to-prison-pipeline is egregious. If you havn’t yet:
  53. READ MICHELLE ALEXANDER’S “THE NEW JIM CROW.”
  54. Unlearning White Supremacy 210 will be out shortly. I just have to go back to my other Saved Links, and scroll on through…

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Unlearning White Supremacy 101

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As Healers we have a responsibility to heal the physical,emotional, mental, and spiritual sufferings of our communities. Through the teaching mirror we can unlearn institutionalized racism within ourselves and society. We can be healers that show up for racial justice and challenge white supremacy wherever we see it.

That includes our healing circles and own lives. That includes when we are in session, working through the energy blockages of our patients. Heart’s work is not meant to be easy. Peace work is not meant to be easy. But this challenge offers us incredible merit and incredible good karma. Let us all make Usui Sensei proud!

Click through this series in order. Sit with each one. Meditate. Educate yourself and reach out. May it help to heal some of your own ingrained prejudices, and give you the strength to continue to do all the healing actions you do! 

Learn mind. Breathe action.

*PLEASE NOTE* This list is by no means exhaustive, and is by no means supposed to be an easy challenge. When we confront our preconceived notions, with whatever subject matter, our energy centers are shifted. With each new insight there is a moment of enlightenment. With consistent practice and consistent diligence of looking into the teaching mirrors, we build up an attunement to these new phases of reality and levels of awareness. The world is shifting, and we healers are particularly sensitive to these shifts, but dear ones, please take heart. And please take courage. Just for today, your fears and anger that may arise in reading some of these materials is the natural consequence of living within a realm of ignorance. Energy work and healing again is not an easy process, and any healer or teacher who says otherwise, obviously has not done the work, and has not seen the connections that these things have upon our energetic fields, emotional-mental bodies, and spirits.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: That the reason I have written this is that deep within my bones, I was disheartened and disappointed by MANY of my so-called “spiritual,” friends and mentors jump on the “All Lives Matter” bandwagon. Dear friends, if you have not by now realised why this phrase is racist and glosses over this issue with new-age rainbow glitter pseudo-morality, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. But, don’t worry, just for today. This is not meant to be an affront to your practice. This is my way of attuning you to this shift of energy that is now finally coming to light and my intention for you is to unlearn the various reasons why this is so. So please, do not get disheartened, but buckle-in for a massive shift in your awareness and consciousness. Yes, these are two different things. ;-p

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FREE ECOURSE: UNLEARNING WHITE SUPREMACY 101

  1. “5 Things You Should Know About Racism | Decoded | MTV News.” With Franchesca Ramsey (8/12/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eTWZ80z9EE
  2. “6 Phrases With Surprisingly Racist Origins | Decoded | MTV News.” With Franchesca Ramsey (10/7/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhENGl3XviM
  3. “Why Does Privilege Make People So Angry?” | Decoded | MTV News (1/13/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeYpvV3eRhY
  4. “11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies.” Kali Holloway (4/27/15) http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies
  5. “3 Black Female Stereotypes that Need to Die” | Decoded | MTV News (5/11/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQO7XoANYb8
  6. “4 Black Lives Matter Myths Debunked.” | Decoded | MTV News (7/14/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ_0bqWKO-k
  7. “The Real Reason White People Say ‘All Lives Matter’.”Huffington Post. John Halstead. (7/25/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-halstead/dear-fellow-white-people-_b_11109842.html
  8. “Are Cracker, White Trash, & Redneck Racist?” | Decoded | MTV News (9/7/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIIt-gTHWOY
  9. “Every Time You Say “All Lives Matter” You Are Being an Accidental Racist.” jesse Damiani (7/15/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-damiani/every-time-you-say-all-li_1_b_11004780.html
  10. “7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation DEBUNKED!” | Decoded | MTV News (11/11/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXejDhRGOuI
  11. “Why ‘All Lives Matter’ Is Such a Perilous Phrase.” Daniel Victor. (7/15/16) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/us/all-lives-matter-black-lives-matter.html
  12. “Shutting Down Bulls!*t with Michelle Alexander.” Seriously.TV. with Dylan Marron. (9/23/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdkThvNnnBw
  13. “Unboxing Hollywood Whitewashing.” Seriously.TV. with Dylan Marron (10/4/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmo419iWd-g
  14. “13 Things White People Take For Granted | Decoded | MTV News (6/24/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcfPLL3qjkI
  15. “How to Handle A Racist Joke?” (7/1/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg1aTLsS69Y
  16. “The First U.S. Memorial for Lynching Victims Will Open in Alabama.” Maya Rhodan (9/26/16) http://time.com/4508156/equal-justice-initiative-lynching-memorial-museum-alabama/
  17. “French Cartoon makes statement the entire world knows US Police target Black people for death” True Black News. (9/25/16) https://twitter.com/trueblacknews/status/780180325381079041
  18. New BLACK Wallstreet. “Stop using black children as props to promote this whole “good cop” propaganda.” (9/28/16)
  19. The Other 98% “Even white people are sick of other white people’s racist bullsh*t! #BlackLivesMatter.” (9/25/16)
  20. “Alfre Woodard Makes Emotional Plea For Racial Justice In America.” Brennan Williams (9/29/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alfre-woodard-makes-emotional-plea-for-racial-justice-in-america_us_57ed3e13e4b0c2407cdc5080
  21. “Watch This Young Girl Superbly Break Down The Importance of BLM.” Zeba Blay (9/29/16) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/watch-this-young-girl-superbly-break-down-the-importance-of-blm_us_57ed25c0e4b082aad9b987b4
  22. BREATHE. STILL YOUR MIND. BE.
  23. “Life After ‘The New Jim Crow” Brentin Mock (9/30/16) http://www.citylab.com/crime/2016/09/life-after-the-new-jim-crow/502472/
  24. “King: Here is How We Will Boycott Injustice and Police Brutality in America.” Shaun King. NY Daily News. (9/30/16) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-boycott-injustice-police-brutality-article-1.2812999
  25. “How Voter ID Laws Explain Structural Racism.” Franchesca Ramsey (10/5/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTrvkqRaYTo
  26. “Police Accountability: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)” (10/2/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaD84DTGULo
  27. “Man Vandalizes own truck, blames it on Black Lives Matter.” NY Daily News (9/19/15) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-vandalizes-truck-blames-black-lives-matter-article-1.2366871
  28. “10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism.” Derrick Clifton (9/4/14) https://mic.com/articles/97900/10-simple-rules-for-being-a-non-racist-white-person
  29. “70 Years Ago Today, WWII Vets Took Up Arms Against Corrupt Cops and Ran Them Out of Town.” Ben Ricahrds (8/1/16) http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/08/70-years-ago-today-wwii-vets-took-arms-corrupt-cops-ran-town/
  30. “7 Ways to Avoid Being Brainwashed by White Supremacy.” Nick Chiles. Atlanta Black Star (11/10/14) http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/11/10/7-ways-to-avoid-being-brainwashed-by-white-supremacy/
  31. “White People: ‘Luke Cage’ Is Racist.” Debbie Encalada (10/3/16) http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2016/10/luke-cage-racist-says-white-people
  32. “Luke Cage” and the racial empathy gap: “Why do they talk about being black all the time?” Nico Lang (10/5/16) http://www.salon.com/2016/10/05/luke-cage-and-the-racial-empathy-gap-why-do-they-talk-about-being-black-all-the-time/
  33. Symone D. Sanders Tweet “You apparently can say whatever you want about Mexicans, Hispanics & Black people, but the Republican Party draws the line on white women.” 07 Oct 2016
  34. “Why Black Lives Matter” Ben & Jerry’s (10/7/16) http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/why-black-lives-matter
  35. “Facts on Race.” American News X. Quote: “To justify slavery, we whites portrayed blacks as subhuman: primitive, stupid, and servile. To justify segregation, we whitesportrayed blacks as morally corrupt: ignorant, predatory, and sinful. After civil rights, we whites portrayed blacks as evil: drug addicts, gang bangers, and welfare queens. There has never been a point in our history when we whites have systematically and institutionally valued black lives as we do our own. That’s why #BlackLivesMatter. Period.”
  36. “How to Celebrate Columbus Day Authentically.” (10/10/16) Seriously.TV. With Dylan Marron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkgnrDjO4VI
  37. “The REAL History Of Christopher Columbus.” (10/6/15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FBUEfdPDOQ
  38. “More cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Sarah Mulé (10/8/16) http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/10/08/More-cities-replacing-Columbus-Day-with-Indigenous-Peoples-Day/7331475943497/
  39. “‘Only White People,’ Said the Little Girl.” Topher Sanders (10/13/16) https://www.propublica.org/article/only-white-people-said-the-little-girl?google_editors_picks=true
  40. “The disturbing reason why we don’t believe young, black women are really doctors.” Carolyn Y. Johnson (10/14/16) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/14/a-black-doctor-wanted-to-save-a-mans-life-first-she-had-to-convince-the-flight-attendant-she-was-an-actual-physician/
  41. “Unboxing Mistreatment of Native Americans.” (10/14/16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7p7l87YK28
  42. “TO FIGHT FOR BLACK LIVES IS TO BE ANTI-POLICE” by Rag Fag (7/21/16) https://radfag.com/2016/07/21/to-fight-for-black-lives-is-to-be-anti-police/
  43. “The cost of slavery reparations is now within the boundaries of the politically acceptable.” By Max Ehrenfreund (9/29/16) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/29/the-cost-of-slavery-reparations-is-now-within-the-boundaries-of-the-politically-acceptable/
  44. “U.S. police chiefs group apologizes for ‘historical mistreatment’ of minorities.” Tom Jackson. (10/17/16) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/10/17/head-of-u-s-police-chiefs-apologizes-for-historic-mistreatment-of-minorities/?pushid=breaking-news_1476729796&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news
  45. “My conversation with the co-creators of #BlackLivesMatter Perspectives on storytelling.” Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (9/26/16) https://emergingus.com/my-conversation-with-the-co-creators-of-blacklivesmatter-b7a44745b8ce?gi=bf23defa9be4#.t0zqtwrjs
  46. WATCH “THE COLOR OF FEAR” DOCUMENTARY BY LEE MUN WAH https://www.stirfryseminars.com
  47. TAKE PART IN A LOCAL CHAPTER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
  48. TAKE PART IN A LOCAL CHAPTER OF SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE (SURJ)
  49. TAKE PART IN A LOCAL CHAPTER OF CAPITAL AREA AGAINST MASS INCARCERATION (CAAMI)
  50. JOIN THE “INJUSTICE BOYCOTT.” 12/5/2016 http://www.injusticeboycott.com/