I just saw this a few moments ago, and I had to pass it along. It was shared by Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian facebook community member Saman Waquad.
Video Description: “We are People of Color. We didn’t choose to be, but we love our cultures. Because of our skin, we have added struggles. In our safe spaces, we have every right to feel welcomed and not tokenized, harassed or ignored. We ask for you to listen to us when we speak about racism because we are being effected by it daily. This video is a compilation of things actually said to POC involved in activism and social justice. We want to be heard. Listen to Us”
What stood out most to me about this video, is the fact that the comments, many of which minimized the impact of race & ethnicity were made by other activists; people who would claim to work for social justice.
Watching the video reminded me of the importance of continual self analysis and reflection. It also reminded me of the saying: “he who fights with monsters should take care lest he thereby become a monster himself.”
As I said in one of my previous posts, while focusing on the eliminating the systemic injustices perpetrated by “others” in society, it is also equally important (possibly even more important) to continue to change oppressive thoughts and behaviors that may be present in ourselves.
We are all implicated somehow in the web of privilege and oppression. I think that through continuous self-reflection, we can strive to find ways to use the parts of ourselves that are privileged, so that we can use those parts of to be better allies to those who are oppressed.
Although this is a lifelong process, it is important that we take great care and invest consistent time and effort into critically examining ourselves to ensure that we will not be doing more of the hurting in our “helping” positions.
What do you think?
Wishing you Grace & Peace,
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW
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