Racism

What is (unconscious) racism and how do you wake up to it, face it, own it, heal from it and move forward? It sleeps inside our skin, storing historical pain. We are afraid of it because it threatens our privilege and to call it out also implicates us in the colonial process.  Not us, not our fault, not our problem. As white settlers on stolen land (such as Canada and the US) we might feel more comfortable to choose not to see, to not acknowledge our role in naming and owning the violence and genocide our ancestors intentionally inflicted on the Indigenous people of Canada and the world over. But we need to get uncomfortable.

We need to ask uncomfortable questions of ourselves and other white people. Because these aren’t “uncomfortable.” They’re the truth.

We need to stumble our way through this process and accept feedback from those around us who have already done the hard work of unlearning and waking up.

We need politicized, critical, anti-colonial and anti-racist thinking and actions to take precedence over the nice and fluffy. Always. “Nice” generally means keeping the peace. And keeping the peace, in my experiences, means keeping secrets. And that fucking sucks. Don’t be nice; pay attention; unlearn the language. SPEAK UP.

decolonization

requires

acknowledging

that your

needs and desires

should

never

come at the expense of another’s

life energy.

it is being honest

that

you have been spoiled

by a machine

that

is not feeding your freedom

but feeding 

you

the milk of pain

                –the release

-nayyirah waheed.

Sometimes, sometimes

Sometimes People are selfish assholes.

                                                                                                                         Sometimes People are great.

Most of the time people are just people.

And people sometimes suck.

Which is why we have best friends to share ice cream with when we’re 14.

In case you didn’t know the reason.

We need best friends.

It’s for the ice cream and shitty people.

katie-and-i-sharing-a-bowl-of-ice-cream-question-mark

WHAT MORE DO I HAVE TO DO TO WAKE THESE BITCHES UP

“We’re on a planet that somehow knows how to rotate on its axis and follow a defined path while it hurtles through space! Our hearts beat! We can see! We have love, laughter, language, living rooms, computers, compassion, cars, fire, fingernails, flowers, music, medicine, mountains, muffins! We live in a limitless Universe overflowing with miracles! The fact that we aren’t stumbling around in an inconsolable state of sobbing awe is appalling. The Universe must be like, What more do I have to do to wake these bitches up?”
– Jen Sincero

❤ to Jo for sharing this quote with me this morning.