Fix Your Lisp
I have had many of my white friends letting me know they appreciate me sharing and speaking up.
Many of them have mentioned how much they are learning about whyte privilege and how subtle it can be.
Some of them have said they didn't realize how their ways of being were reinforcing whyte privilege.
One beautiful soul even asked me what I mean in my posts when I use whyte with a Y.
I explained to her my definition:
"It's ignorant white people who have no interest in being open, educated, or equal.
The ones upholding systematic discrimination and inequality.
Also, the super outspoken, offended and one-sided folk.
Also, the fake compassionate who only are compassionate for show, not for real justice and unity.
They are very threatened by capable, educated POC (people of color) cause they want them to stay inferior."
I think this is a good start in understanding the difference between whyte and white cause white friends are at protests and having very uncomfortable conversations with their friends and family.
White friends are buying books about racism and gobbling up whatever they can find to educate themselves on making a lasting change.
White friends are raising loving white babies who love any and all.
White friends are donating, educating, and supporting.
White friends are shining a WHITE light on whyte privilege.
Good job to all and whyte friends, please open your hearts wider every day.
Watch your language.
Notice your posture.
Be willing to drop you guard.
Learn from new people.
MEET new people.
Often transformation shows us WAY more than we are ready to see.
Like a "too much too soon" kind of feeling.
It is natural to reject an overload of information.
I am just asking US ALL to soften our edges and start showing up for each other.
It doesn't have to look as grandiose as all this seems.
I am inviting you out of your assumptions and into curiosity.
I am inviting you out of fierce protection mode and into acceptance mode.
I am inviting you out of opposition and into connection.
I am inviting you out of combat and into collaboration.
I am inviting you out of hate and into love.
Wanna know how I love people through your resistance and ignorance?
I imagine you with a lisp...
I actually imagine you as a little child.
I can imagine that many of us were yelled at as children the way we are yelling at each other now.
I can imagine that many of us had things unjustly taken away by family, in school, on the playground, and more.
I would bet SO MANY of us have been bullied and name called and rejected and these times are surfacing all of those feelings and memories that we have gotten away with suppressing.
We are not adults out here fighting a race war or political battle.
We are a bunch of scared and marred children protecting our hearts from more pain.
We are braced for impact, prepared for let down and desperately attempting to prevent it.
Soften up, lovers.
Look, learn, and listen and the BEST place to start doing that is in the mirror.
Healing starts with each and every one of us making a decision to unconditionally love ALL of our brothers and sisters, including those we feel slighted by.
And fix your lisp.
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