zaterdag 27 juni 2020

LET'S SIT AND TALK - Rotterdam Centraal

Mostly it is young people, mainly women, of all plumages who are the ones who dare to take up the inivitation and sit down to connect and share. They're also the ones nodding pleasantly or acknowledging the action of 'Let's sit and talk'. It's quite different with older people. When passing I see a flare or glare or mist of disinterest move across their faces, they look away like they brushed off an annoying fly. Others do everything to make it seem me and my chairs are not there, like dancing around the pink elephant in the room. It is not much different from the silence I encounter when I talk online about dismantling racism and white supremacy, and Project ColorWhite. White people in general do not feel the urgency of addressing racism and white supremacy or related subjects and issues, which goes along the lines of 'if it doesn't touch my reality, I don't need to look at it'. When pressed they express that they have other very urgent personal matters to attend to, which ofcourse goes for most of us.
When talking to people who openly confess to following the word of God (Christianity), another wall goes up, one that is though to pinpoint. They seem to think that all the failings in the world are down to not accepting God into our lives, that the world started to fall apart when faith stopped having the center stage in our lives and society, that only the return of God will save us. This train of thought makes it an individual failing and leaves out any refelction on the faith itself and how it behaves on this earthly plane. They hold the idea that when you accept God into your life you will then only act in His grace and love, not seeing any difference between people or even race. But the reality is very different when we look at history, with evidence of force and violence in all areas of life. I believe that being with or of God does not exempt any of us from being indoctrinated with racial and patriarchal biases and judgements. We are after all on this Earth, living a human life.

Why then should we feel compelled to look at anti-racism and dismantling white supremacy, make it a part of our daily lives?
Every human, everything on this Earth wants to be seen, heared, feel valued. That connection we are looking for, that feeling of belonging and being seen for who we are, feeling our lives and being have a profound meaning and worth, not just for ourselves but for all.... that connection has been hugely compromised. Through our lives runs a deep segregation. First through the denial and thus misinterpretation of the Divine Feminine, the Feminine Power, making the feminine less than the masculine. Second through the believe in the illusion of race and the hierarchial structure based on that illusion, where the white race is dominant above all others. This enormous divide has brought about many atrocities, happening to this day. Like the police brutality that keeps rising, the killing of innocent lives of people of color and also those who differ from the norm like transgender people. Also the literal state of our Earth and all the climate changes. It's a divide we shouldn't keep ignoring if we want to move beyond the stage of survival and thrive through connection. The segregation is everywhere, racism is everywhere driving those with power and privilege, draining all others. I believe that the doing of racial discrimination will come back to haunt us when we strive to be fully embodied spiritual human beings, when we don't acknowledge that there are mayor issues like racism, white supremacy and patriarchy which keep affecting our systems, governments and our indvidual lives. So yes, there is an urgency knocking at our doors, as white people in particular we are being called out.

#endracism #endwhitesupremacy #movebeyondracism #solidground #bebetterancestors #solidground #projectcolorwhite #dailypractice

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