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.
needs and desires
come at the expense of another’s
it is being honest
you have been spoiled
by a machine
is not feeding your freedom
the milk of pain