Healing from Toxic Whiteness- Alan Miller
This is the title of an online course from the good people at EveryDay Feminism. Here’s a few selections from the description. Feel free to mock (or weep) as the mood strikes you:
So with Trump’s policies starting to roll out, you know you want to be fighting alongside people of color. But you also know that you may feel frozen in place by the feelings of shock, confusion, denial, and guilt that many white people have been dealing with since the election.
So it’s a course for recovering white people?
With our unique Compassionate Activism approach, you can learn how to hold that pain of racism in a way that’s healing and comes from a place of love and justice.
You keep using those words. I no think you know what those words mean.
Once you notice just how insidious and ingrained racism really is – and how often you find yourself unintentionally upholding it – it can feel like your whole worldview is being shaken.
Ah, now we have the Original Sin narrative but just for honkies.
While white people are not inherently or inevitably racist, they are all raised in societies built on systemic racism.
My, my someone picked a broad brush to paint with today.
The desire to not be racist is not enough, by itself, to stop someone from being racist.
Do you admit that you are powerless over your addiction to humming the song “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting” every time the Asian guy at work enters the room?
Give your pain the gentle, loving care and attention it deserves, while holding the space for others to do the same
I have been meaning to spend more time with my pain.
Help other white people transform their ignorance and defensiveness into greater consciousness and motivation to act in that solidarity with people of color
I introduced a friend to Earth, Wind, and Fire once, does that count?
“I joined Healing from Toxic Whiteness because I wanted to act against racial injustice, but felt frustrated because that felt so theoretical to me. This program has opened my eyes to the racism around me and in me, and has allowed me to let go of my sense of guilt, entitlement, and all that goes along with “toxic whiteness.” I can now be closer to others, including people of color, because I am being my real self, and that has been such a gift.” – Aiyana
The testimonials are comedy gold.
About the Author (i.e., shameless plug):
Alan is an aspiring author who blogs semi-regularly at https://millerstales.wordpress.com/