Perhaps, in the midst of all of the ugliness of the last few months, white people are beginning to recognize that it is possible to build an anti-racist white identity? I hope so! Here’s an essay that suggests it’s emerging.
Here’s a useful guide full of hyperlinked resources for trying to have conversations that go somewhere, instead of getting stuck in the angst of white fragility or other denials.
Given all that has happened this year around statues to the Confederacy, it’s worth reading this long — but substantial and interesting — report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
I need to pull together one post that has all of these essays in it, because the discussion of how to be an ally if you are white has been robust over the last several years. In any case, until I do that, here is another lovely essay published in the aftermath of Charlottesville on what it can mean to be an ally.
Here we are again. This time racism emerges in explicit form — complete with KKK and Nazi metaphors and symbols. The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, VA at the “unite the right” rally are yet one more time we need to stand vigilantly and clearly against racism. Some resources which are emerging. Here is James Martin (and a list below the video of other resources):
- James Martin, SJ of America Magazine making clear that white supremacy is sinful
- the president of Louisville Seminary, Michael Jinkins, responds
- a litany against white supremacy
- Eyewitness reports
- resources for teaching (the #CharlottesvilleCurriculum)
- Marlon James’ note
- how anti-semitism animates white nationalism
- from our local Lutheran bishop
- from various Catholic bishops
- from SFTS
- from the president of Seattle University
- a statement from the AAR
Here’s another useful piece floating around social media about white fragility.
Here’s a thoughtful piece by Anna Kegler which both defines and explains white fragility, and offers practical advice for moving forward.
It’s been a long week. After nearly five days of deliberation the jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of the accusation of manslaughter against Philando Castile. I’m still trying to wrap my head about that one.
Marlon James, the Booker Award winning novelist who teaches at Macalester College put it this way:
10 years of living in Minnesota as a “big, black guy” has led me to a gradual though futile “reduction” of myself to get closer. I have a big global voice, but a small local one, because I don’t want to be a target, and resent that in 2017, that’s still the only choice I get to have.
His whole essay is a clear, succinct, grounded and deeply indicting description of Minnesota. I wish I could say he was wrong, but I’m certain he is right.
Here’s an essay which explores what O Magazine did recently, when it asked a photographer to take pictures of some common scenes amongst women — but flip the races involved. There are powerful implications to these shifts, which I hope — as a white woman — other white women will see, and which I hope all of us can learn from. Perception is powerful!
Imagine if the hundreds of thousands of parents who mobilized around the country to fight high-stakes testing now start mobilizing as anti-racist parents. Anti-racist parenting can be—must be—community parenting. Imagine if white people believed that this fight was not “for” people of color, but for every one of us. If we could finally see how racism has damaged our own minds and hearts and is damaging our children.
That would put both love and justice at the center of the fight.
That’s how we play the long game against Donald Trump.