Do the Work…BLM

Rachel Ricketts’ Spiritual Activism 101 Workshop blew my mind. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, I committed to completing her workshops and joining her patreon.

I feel a lot of tension writing this; I am afraid I will mess up or create more harm. But this is my work.

Here are some of the things I learned…

I am late…centuries late…

George Floyd died on 25 May after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. George Floyd’s death sparked local, state, and national police reform, as well as widespread racial justice protests. I committed to completing this workshop in light of his death, but racism has existed my entire life. I have caused harm to people of color (POC) and mixed folx by pushing off this workshop and my reeducation three months after the killing of George Floyd, but also centuries late as these issues have been present my entire life.

I am racist…

I am a white, heterosexual, cisgender female temporarily living in the affluent country of Australia and hold an American citizenship. Phew. I have my work cut out for me.

Critical race theory notes that racism must include prejudice, privilege, and power. Therefore, racism is a social construct used by white people to level up politically and economically at the expense of people of color, resulting in exploitation and oppression.

Rachel encouraged white and white-passing participants to speak from “I” during the exercises, rather than using words like “they” or “white people”. This requires humility and taking ownership.

My racism has caused harm by procrastinating personal education regarding racism, neglecting amplifying black voices over my own, and volunteering in other countries that promoted the “White Savior Complex”.

I am afraid…

My biggest fear about racism and even in writing this blog is that I am going to cause more harm than good. Rachel shared that I can mess it up. In fact, I am going to mess it up, but I am not here to solve or fix racism. My work and goal is to frequently act in ally-ship.

I am committed to amplifying black voices: supporting, following, learning from, uplifting, and paying BIPOC.

Here are Rachel Ricketts’ resources, where she shares anti-racism resources, a list of BIPOC businesses, and ways to fund BIPOC services. Click here!

Thank you, Rachel Ricketts for your work. I cannot wait for Spiritual Activism 102!

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