Rejecting White Supremacy

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In the face of racism and the lie of white supremacy, loving ourselves and each other is a political act.  Such compassion is not easy in a society founded on racism and slavery.  We have inherited collective habitual patterns that keep us fearful of people of color, and of difference in general.  Quite naturally, we each want to be confirmed by seeing ourselves reflected in others.  We don't want to have to work to understand others who look and behave differently.  Whiteness has appropriated our desire to belong and demanded that we bow to its norms and prejudices.  It has conditioned us to fear people of color, to the point of condoning or acquiescing to militarizing our police and incarcerating masses of black and brown people.  As a result, we all live in a ubiquitous state of fear.  So for us white people, opposing racism cannot just be about liberating its targets but about freeing ourselves from that state of fear.  We need to  eradicate racism and white supremacy for our own sakes.

This exploration will invite us, as white people, into a brave and caring space to connect to our basic human decency and compassion.  We will ride that into looking at our fears and prejudices of people of color with the awareness that such patterns are not our fault.  With a constant check on any feelings of guilt, we will look honestly at the social conditioning and hierarchy that maintains white supremacy.  We will remind ourselves of our innate curiosity and longing to connect across differences.  And to the extent that we can do that, we will claim our power to use self-reflection and contemplation to help liberate ourselves, others, and our institutions.

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” - Cornel West

 

 Michaela McCormick

Michaela McCormick has been meditating since 2001 and has been a student of  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2005.  She is a teacher, meditation instructor, and leader of Queer Dharma at the Portland (OR) Shambhala Meditation Center, and a member of the Diversity Working Group of Shambhala International and of Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship.  For 25 years she worked as a teacher, trainer, and practitioner of conflict resolution and public dialogue.  For longer than that she has been a community organizer/activist.  She has written two memoirs and now writes poetry and essays on social and spiritual themes.

Source: portland.shambhala.org

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