You & White Supremacy, Part 2
About a month ago I came across Layla Saad of Wild Mystic Woman. I had just finished listening to So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo's and I was looking to continue my education and dig through some deeper aspects of the environment I grew up in. Layla Saad posted on her Instagram that she was hosting a free challenge called #MeAndWhiteSupremacy.
Now even though I knew I wanted to dig into this, I ignored it for the first few days because this topic is uncomfortable. Realizing how complicit you are, in your actions, without your knowledge, is not a pleasant experience. However my discomfort at sharing this and uncovering my complicity is nothing compared to the issues at hand. It's nothing compared to what minorities, people of color, deal with on a day to day basis. For the next few Mondays I'll be sharing some of my answers to Layla Saad's prompts. These are my thoughts, my opinions and while I think everyone should be examining their actions, I acknowledge that not everyone is ready to do so. So if you are going to comment please be kind (all comments are moderated).
THE CHALLENGE POSTS FROM LAYLA'S INSTAGRAM
These next 7 days of this challenge we are going to be looking at issues of anti-blackness and racial micro/macro aggressions against BIPOC. For any BIPOC who have been following this challenge I want to urge you to make your self-care an even higher priority. You might even want to mute or unfollow me for the next week as what comes up will be triggering. Please do everything you need to take care of YOU. I chose to do the work of this challenge, you did not. You do not have to do any emotional labour here. Put yourself first.
Below you'll see the questions but not my answers. I have written up answers, however they are written in a password protected space. If you would like the password please message me here or reach out via instagram. and then click the button.
Day 8 - What have you learnt about You & Seeing Color
Day 9 - What have you learnt about you & Black Women
Day 10 - What have you learnt about You & Black Men
Day 11 - What have you learnt about You & Black Children
DAY 12 - WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT YOU & RACIST STEREOTYPES
DAY 13 - WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOU & CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
DAY 14 - WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT SO FAR ABOUT YOU & WHITE SUPREMACY
WOMEN TO FOLLOW - AS RECOMMENDED BY LAYLA - though be aware of your reasoning to follow
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The questions and italicized text are copied from Layla Saad's Instagram. I highly recommend that if you are going to participate to please check out her information and links. Please be aware that you have no right to harass her or be cruel to her in any way when it comes to this topic. All opinions within this post are my own.