I'm feeling a little crushed under the heaviness of everything I just watched & learned. TBH, I consider myself fairly well educated on race issues, but every time I pick up a book on the subject or start a course I learn again how much I still have to learn.
It's heavy on the heart, all of this. I thought I would power through these modules, but I'm finding the need for frequent breaks. I'm really grateful to learn all of this, and I want to share everything with everyone. I want everyone else to know what I am learning!
I feel like I finally truly understand that White Supremacy is the seed of (pretty much? or just totally?) EVERY racial issue we have today, at least in America & the western world. It's horrifying, but it sort of unites everything into one common enemy. Not White people, but White Supremacy. The ideas that make that what it is. The idea that everyone needs to be measured by our standards and dismissed as "less than" when they aren't just like us.
I'm determined to keep going and to try to keep educating those around me through conversations, writing, social media posts, etc, but also through working with organizations committed to changing this narrative once and for all & to correcting course. I think a lot of us are having an awakening right now, and I'm hoping so much that it leads to actual policy & system changes that make a real difference.
It's impossible to believe these historical events, restrictions, and persecutions didn't have any effect on the world we live in today. We as society have created an entire narrative with an understanding that anyone who isn't White is inherently "less." Of course it's still affecting things. Groups targeted by racism don't just start living easy lives because we removed legal protections of racist policies here and there. Not to mention, many of these things happened within the last century, within my parent's lifetimes, or even as recently as the past few years. We cannot pretend this is our ancient past & everything is cool now. We aren't even close.