This course has impacted me by giving me insight into how to make connections with people who are different from me in their outlooks. One of the big lessons that was conveyed in the training was about how we defend our political positions without necessarily sharing our personal story. By sharing me story and listening to the story of the person who is coming from a different place, I may have a chance of impacting that person's outlook towards race and racism. As we are all on a journey with our progress in becoming aware about our own racism, it is important to try to understand the other person without trying to change them other than to let them know where we are coming from nonjudgmentally. This is easier said than done, but better than deluding myself about how I am going to change someone by stating the justice of my cause.
I thought I knew. Black people would appreciate my desire to save them from the White oppressor. Being an ally meant that I was going to show them that I'm a different White person. I'm beginning to learn that I need to listen more and open my mouth less. My cup needs to be less full so that I can fill it with connection as opposed to what I think I know.
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