Hello friend, yes, this is Marijuana Straight Talk. However, this time, I’m leaning more on the Straight Talk than the Marijuana part — although, as with most subjects, when you watch the video, you’ll see that the Plant is part of the conversation.
Anyway, as I was about to say: Well-Meaning White People. There are a lot of us. Most of us?
God I wish.
Well-Meaning White People is the term used when we as White people have little or no clue as to the challenges African Americans face on a daily basis. Mostly we’re blind to the abuse that results in what’s been identified as the ongoing torment of race-based trauma. I invite you to click through to that link; there are solid referenced studies. Actually, it’s a jaw-dropping report. I note some of the details in this video.
I’m a student of trauma because I spent so many years in the laboratory of an abusive childhood. But, as I point out in this video, I grew up and grew out of that environment into a safe space, which allowed me to begin healing.
However, there is no continuity of safety or respect when a Black person navigates in a White world. Even highly regarded Black professionals venture outside of “safe circles” and are met with 1) overt or insidious belittling comments or actions and 2) an unfair playing field – eloquently documented in the classic article by Peggy McIntosh: “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack“.
How Can Healing Begin in This Climate?
One African American woman has begun wearing a black band on her left arm — closest to her heart.
What? White Supremacy? Me?
Just the term “white supremacy” sends chills through my body conjuring up white sheets, pointed hats and burning crosses. I want to immediately blurt out: “That’s not me!”
But “white supremacy,” according to its Wiki page: “… can also refer to a political or socio-economic system where white people enjoy a structural advantage (white privilege) over other ethnic groups, both at a collective and an individual level.”
Yes, I resemble that remark. And I long for it to be different (can you say, Well-Meaning White Person)?
Personally, I’ve decided to take my lead from Adrienne and start wearing a black band on my left arm.
I want my Black sisters and brothers to know I want to help move toward living in a country where all Black Lives Matter. As Adrienne writes, “… it feels really important and comforting to see non-black people visibly making a statement against white supremacy and anti-blackness.”
I agree. #Blackband
Wanna know more about getting involved as a White person?
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