I’ve been thinking of how/what to share about this for a long while, rolling formats and ideas and words around in my head again and again to see what was right to share.
I’ve been in active research mode for over 18 months, and have been so reticent to speak because I don’t know shit, and didn’t want to create harm by misspeaking. Until I got that not speaking was harmful as well.
So I still don’t know shit, but I’m learning everyday, and the least I can do is point you to people who DO KNOW and can teach about this.
Which is a long ass intro to saying:
I think it’s important for us all to look at the way we may be contributing to racism and cultural appropriation, especially if we identify as white, liberal hippies.
Which can feel really shocking… we are definitely the least likely to even consider we are. Cue: “But! I’m the least racist person on earth!”
I definitely felt kicked on my ass when I first realised I didn’t have a fucking clue about racism. I had to reconsider my own identity: I thought as a leftie highly educated hippy who didn’t identify as racist, I was immune to engaging in racism. I thought by studying Australian indigenous history and issues in university and adoring learning from spiritual traditions from around the world, I was immune. I thought by being an active and passionate philanthropist, I was immune.
Spoiler alert: I wasn’t. And by being oblivious to racism, I was engaging in it.
I totally don’t feel like I’ve dealt with it well publicly before. I’m so sorry. I wish I knew more, sooner. I wish I’d understood more, sooner.
I know this is something I’ll be learning about for the rest of my life. I’ll never master it.
But I’m grateful for all the people who are teaching about this, and all the lessons and wisdom I have learned from them.
And I’d love to point you in their direction to learn from.
(I realise this list is currently USA-centric. If you’ve got recommendations for racial justice resources for Australia + across the world, I’d love to hear them! I’ll keep exploring too!)
Let’s start off with the book that I think should be required reading for white peeps:
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness: Austin Channing Brown
- White Spaces Missing Faces: Why Women of Colour Don’t Trust White Women: Catrice Jackson
- Your Black Friend: Ben Passmore
- You Can’t Touch My Hair + Other Things I Still Have To Explain: Phoebe Robinson
- March: John Lewis
- Braving the Wilderness: Brene Brown
- Hard Conversations Book Club
Online Resources + Educators:
Important Note: It is important to not just expect an education on racism free from BIPOC. If you’re not buying their books, consider purchasing their programs or supporting them on Patreon.
- List of Resources for white people growing equity literacy and justice consciousnesses towards solidarity
- Layla Saad: White Feminism, White Supremacy + The Silencing of Black Women
- I Need To Talk To Spiritual White Women About White Supremacy (Part One + Two)
- Dismantling White Dominance in Women’s Entrepreneurship
- Non-white spiritual teachers, mentors + guides
- Pretty For An Aboriginal podcast
- Desiree Adaway
- L’Erin Alta
- Leesa Renee Hall
- Rachel Cargle
- Rachel Ricketts
- Glennon Doyle (shares her experience of becoming “racially sober”)
I’ll update this with more resources + books as I discover them.
I’ll be learning right along with you.