NO ONE WAY WORKS. It will take all of us
shoving at the thing from all sides
to bring it down.
– Diana di Prima, ‘Revolutionary Letter #8’
We are living in incredibly challenging, traumatic and violent times.
I know that many people reading this today are still reeling and trying to get their heads around what the events of Charlottesville, the US president’s response, and what is coming next all mean for the society we live in. Others – Black people especially – are grimly unsurprised by last week’s news, understanding the rise of nazism as part of a much wider system of white supremacy that governs the US, the UK, Europe, Australia, and other parts of the western world.
If you need it: A love letter to the unsurprised and grieving of Charlottesville.
Wherever you are on the ‘spectrum of surprise’, this is where we are: There are people in this world who are filled with hate, fear and rage. They are mobilising. This is a key moment in western history. White supremacy is not new – centuries of civilisations are founded upon it – but what we do right now defines who we are.
The healing work that we do is either politically engaged… or it is nothing.
There is an important fight going on and there are many, many roles that you can play. As tarot readers, astrologers, energy workers and so on, love and light and are important for revolution. But so too is rolling up our sleeves and doing anti-racism work, even when this work is violent and destructive.
If you’ve wondered what you would’ve done during slavery, the Holocaust, or Civil Rights movement…you’re doing it now.
– Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3)
I also know this: Though there are many people filled with hate, far more of us are filled with love. Everybody in this world is capable of feeling love. Everybody. There is so much love in this world, it’s almost painfully beautiful.
I love you.
On Charlottesville and white supremacy
If you are white person or a non-Black person of colour, I’m sharing these with you because they are helping me to learn how to confront white privilege and take action for change. I hope they’ll help you too.
I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (part 1). If you’re a white woman – particularly one who runs a spirit-centred business – and you haven’t read Layla Saad’s letter yet, make the time.
Even if you don’t want your privilege, you still have it, because white supremacy exists and is the dominant paradigm of places like the US, the UK, Europe and Australia.
As a white person, you have the privilege of being able to say, ‘high vibes only’ and ‘I don’t follow the news because it’s too political’ and ‘I just want to focus on love and light’.
This is not okay. And it’s up to you to do your part to dismantle white supremacy.
Because it is literally destroying black lives.
Queer activists are taking down confederate statues in Durham, NC. Guess what? There have been at least three arrests for this racial justice work…while there have been no arrests yet of the white supremacists who mercilessly beat a counter-protester in Charlottesville.
Donate to the Charlottesville Solidarity Legal Fund, which resources activists fighting racism in Charlottesville.
Here is a long list of other related organisations which need financial support.
LEARN & DO
The Safety Pin Box funds Black women and femme activits whilst providing educational tools for white allies.
Are you in the US? The Resistance Manual is a great resource.
White Feelings: 0-60 for Charlottesville. Take a deep breath, this is brilliant and hard.
The Charlottesville Syllabus. A resource created by the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to be used to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia (this was created before the fascist march).
Healing from Toxic Whiteness is a course for white people in unpacking white privilege and learning vital personal practices to help move forwards and better fight for racial justice. It’s incredibly compassionate and based in Buddhist principles of love and healing. (I’m currently taking it for the second time.)
Are you in the UK and wonder how much of this translates to us and how racism works in this country? Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge is the book you need. It is an incredible, difficult, important gift of a book.
Conversations on racism with white people getting stuck in a loop? Here are 13 questions to get it going again. This post is addressed as advice to white people talking to other white people.
So you want to fight white supremacy? Ijeoma Oluo has more ideas.
There’s plenty more out there (please share anything helpful in the comments!) Follow people of colour on your social media. Read. Share. Discuss. Listen. None of this is comfortable or easy, but we absolutely have to do it. Now.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.