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/