Really powerful post here from my friend Andre Henry talking about his experience being abandoned by white friends for talking about racism. Worth a read for anyone who cares about being a supportive friend. http://www.andrerhenry.com/thoughts/2019/2/5/to-all-the-white-friends-i-couldnt-keep?fbclid=IwAR27FT5by25XzAmQMMrnquUGsmQX9-xHDt_JFov7QwdYURSFNiq1Uu8x99w
@mike Oof. Very powerful stuff there. As a White person, always trying to strive to be epistemologically humble, knowing I can never know what it feels like and means to live in a body of color in a White supremacist society. Even just from an epistemological standpoint, I *must* always believe the stories and experiences of people of color, because from the standpoint of my body, I can never know.
@mike I was literally just coming on here to share this very same post. This got me: “You call me arrogant for not listening to you, but have you considered how arrogant it is for you to present your opinions as though they are just as valid as mine, knowing that I’ve lived these things and study these things on a daily basis?”
@mike Y’all can follow Andre on Twitter (@ andrehenry) and subscribe to his weekly “Hope and Hard Pills email series here: bit.ly/2hgZQGH
@evie ooh intrigue! Can you tell me more about his work?
@jordanc He’s an anti-racist activist who dedicates himself to helping ordinary folks see how they can be part of building a more just society. He is a black theologian and a much-needed prophetic voice. Also he makes great music, which is how I initially met him.
I think it’s best to let his own words speak for him, so here’s his About page: http://www.andrerhenry.com/about-andre/
@mike entirely separately, is there a good reason to keep the fbclid tag on there for creators to get some kind of metric tracking by fb? Similar to how streaming is better for musicians now?
@mike that is a powerful read. It gets me in my gut. Thank you for posting it.
@mike Really powerful, thanks for sharing this Mike.
@mike very powerful post, thanks for sharing.
I have really been inspired listening, reading and having my mind, eyes and heart open to what “privilege” actually means, been hard but healthy.
There is a massive divide between pakeha(white) and Maori(indigenous) here in NZ and these have really helped me start the process of dialoguing, conversations and trying to create a safe place for us white folks to hear and listen rather than speak and want to be listened to.
@mike whenever there's a discussion about being aware of racism and one's own racist thoughts, ideas, behaviours and feelings I share this video that was on Channel 4 (UK). It shows how strong and at the same time often subtle the pushback is when racism is discussed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqv9k3jbtYU
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