How can I support WOC in my community with my privilege?
This question is obviously an important one. I have to be aware enough to shed all ideas of feeling blamed/guilty for the current status of inequity in order to be able to fully show up to it. .
Sitting with the perspective that Bell Hooks offers, talking with WOC friends, analyzing my involvement with West African dance community in NYC, it is clear that I need to be more sensitive, and not in a shy way, but in a receptive way, to understand better how the color of my skin might be triggering or how it might be better put to use.
I am being present with this question and the emotional responses that I have to it and I don’t have a clear offering to respond to it. But like I guide my clients to when they get too far ahead of themselves, don’t see the answer and want to give up or slip back into old patterns, I need to sit with it. I need to write it down (I have) and keep it at the front of my mind. I need to continue to discuss it with people around me. I need to consider, what resources are available to me to widen my understanding? Who, what, where, when? How can I do this better?
I need to do the internal work, support it with the external resources and am ready to grow into an answer.
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