Pointing the Light Inward
After reading Okun's White Supremacy Characteristics, I printed out several copies and posted them around my house. I was in shock that although I believe myself to be a fairly observant and reflective individual, I had never looked at myself within this light. It was beyond shocking. I am now on a life long journey to see these things in the moment, in the present tense, in my practice and in my being. I believe that this should be posted material in every educational institute.
Actually talking about "white culture" and delving into its roots, its historical implications and its present day manifestations is utterly important. We often believe that we are serving our BIPOC and minority communities by celebrating their cultures for a month, yet we never are willing to delve into our own.
I truly hope that every individual who visits this site, take some time to visit www.whitesupremacyculture.com
I have grown so incredibly much. I'm looking at this reflection from August and am still profoundly thankful to have had such a deeply reflective experience.
I learned a lot of tangible, academic, and helpful ideas and processes in this program. But within each course, there was a humanistic framework which had me constantly reflecting inward.
I am incredibly thankful and know that this program made me a better person.