pindostan is going straight to hell

The Blue Plague and Black Death
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, May 27 2020

George Floyd’s death by Blue Plague in Minneapolis was widely condemned by the same parties that have encouraged and funded the spread of the fatal contagion. The pathogen that kills Black people at two and a half times the rate of whites took the life of 46 year-old George Floyd, this week in Minneapolis. Floyd’s last words were, “I can’t breathe,” much like the desperate utterances of plague victim Eric Garner, struck down in 2014 in NYC. Unlike the still raging COVID-19 virus, which is virulent among Blacks of both sexes, the Blue Plague is especially lethal to Black males of all ages. According to researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Michigan, 1 in every 1,000 black boys and men will be fatally stricken by the Blue Plague at some point in their lifetimes, at ages ranging from 12-year-old Tamir Rice, snuffed out in Cleveland in 2014, to 50-year-old Walter Scott, who fell victim to the pestilence in North Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

COVID-19 is categorized as a “novel,” or new, virus, having mutated recently from wild animals. But the Blue Plague is a serial killer that dates back to the slave patrols of the pre-Civil War South. Indeed, the first vector of the Blue Plague has been traced back to Charleston, South Carolina, which established a paramilitary force called the City Guard in 1783, primarily to “police” Black slaves, although the term police had not yet been invented. The City Guard helped suppress the Denmark Vesey slave rebellion in 1822, a success that is believed to have led to the mutation of slave patrols into full-fledged vectors of Black death in cities across the nation, not just the South. Researchers are hoping to find a vaccine for Covid-19, possibly within the year, but the Blue Plague only grows more deadly over time and enjoys a host of immunities. Although Black people had hoped that the historic expansion in the number of Black elected officials would create political antibodies to limit the spread of the Blue Plague, the opposite has happened. In 2014, just months before Michael Brown’s life was cut short by the Blue Plague, in Ferguson, Missouri, 80% of the Congressional Black Caucus voted to continue funneling billions of dollars in military weapons, gear and training to local infestations of the plague, despite ample evidence that such infusions have made the scourge even more toxic to Black life. Four years later, 75% of the Black Caucus voted to classify the Blue Plague as a “protected class,” further immunizing the disease from the possibility of cure. The Protect and Serve Act of 2018 was “superfluous, since cops are already the most protected ‘class’ in the nation.”

More radical thinkers, steeped in the struggle against social pathogens, argue that the virulence of the Blue Plague can be weakened, at least among concentrated Black populations, through Black Community Control of the disease. A number of plague control formulas have been put forward, but the Black Misleadership Class, deeply embedded in the Demagog Party, fiercely resists any curb on the blue contagion, and actively encourages the spread of the disease among the federal secret police. In March of this year, two thirds of the Congressional Black Caucus joined with a large majority of Democrats in support of the wildly misnamed USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, which has since passed the Senate, as well. Only 17 of the 50 full-voting Black members of the House voted against the law, which was supposed to expire this year along with other provisions of the infamous Patriot Act. As reported in The Verge, the Act allows the FBI “to collect ‘tangible things’ related to national security investigations without a warrant, requiring only approval from a secret court that has reportedly rubber-stamped many requests.” These tangible things include spying on targeted peoples’ web browsing “without having to demonstrate that those Pindos have done anything wrong,” in the words of Oregon Sen Wyden.

The Blue contagion has spread around the world as Pindostan deploys its vast military as a kind of global police force, backed up by killer drones that carry out White House authorized executions in the far reaches of the planet. Obama authorized a regular schedule of snuff jobs on “Kill Tuesdays,” but Trump’s timetable is probably more erratic. This being an election year, George Floyd’s death by Blue Plague in Minneapolis was widely condemned by the same parties that have encouraged and funded the spread of the fatal contagion. The Democratic mayor of the city fired the four cops involved in crushing Floyd’s neck, and Joe Biden, the presidential candidate who brags that he “wrote” the Plague-proliferating 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, tweeted that “George Floyd deserved better and his family deserves justice. His life mattered.” But Biden and his party’s history as vectors of mass death say otherwise. In the absence of an immediate cure, it is certain that some endangered Black brothers and sisters, who are not immune to the ravages of the Blue Plague, will resort to home remedies to ward off the pestilence, as did Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner and more recently, some brothers in Dallas  and Baton Rouge.

The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in Pindostan
Joseph Kishore, WSWS, May 28 2020

George Floyd (Photo: Offices of Ben Crump Law)

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the Memorial Day murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and demands the prosecution of the police officers who are responsible for his death. The killing of George Floyd is a horrific crime. Floyd died Monday after being pinned to the ground by four police officers in front of a crowd that was pleading that he be let go. Much of the crime was caught on bystander video and surveillance cameras. One video shows officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, forcefully pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as the 46-year-old pleaded for his life, crying out “I can’t breathe” and “You are going to kill me!” Floyd was detained after a call from a local shop that he had attempted to use a forged ten-dollar bill. The store owner later told media that he did not know if Floyd even knew if it was forged. Police rushed to the scene, seized Floyd, pulled him from his vehicle, handcuffed him, and then held him in a chokehold until his body went limp.

The three other officers who helped restrain Floyd have been identified as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng. While the official police report stated that Floyd resisted arrest, surveillance video released Wednesday by a local restaurant owner makes clear that he did not struggle at any point as he was taken out of his car and handcuffed by police. Despite his death being a clear murder in broad daylight without any justification, as of Wednesday evening Chauvin, Lane, Thao and Kueng remain free men. They were suspended without pay by the police department and then fired by Mayor Jacob Frey in response to popular anger Tuesday. The killing and refusal to arrest Floyd’s killers has provoked two days of angry demonstrations. Thousands of workers and youth turned out Tuesday to protest at the intersection where Floyd was killed and at a nearby police station. Police unloaded round after round of tear gas and non-lethal rounds to disperse the angry demonstration. Further demonstrations were organized last night in Minneapolis and other cities throughout Pindostan.

The murder of George Floyd is the latest in an unending string of deaths at the hands of police. So far this year, according to killedbypolice.net, there have been 400 police killings. The number killed every year is more than 1,000. It has been nearly six years since Michael Brown was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri (Aug 9 2014) and Eric Garner was strangled to death in NYC (Jul 17 2014), sparking mass demonstrations against police violence. Some 6,000 people have been killed by police in the intervening period. No doubt racism plays a role in incidents of police violence. While the greatest number of police killings is of whites, Blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately targeted for harassment, abuse, arrest and incarceration. The Trump administration has deliberately cultivated the most backward and reactionary layers, including among police officers. Trump has proclaimed that he likes watching footage of “rough” treatment of “thugs,” and has urged police not to be “too nice.” The source of police violence, however, is not racial antagonism but class oppression. The unifying characteristic among victims of police violence, Black, White, Hispanic or Native American, is that they are poor and among the most vulnerable segments of the population.

The role of Black Lives Matter and other proponents of racial politics has, in claiming that racism is the cause of police violence, is to promote the idea that hiring more black police officers or electing more black politicians will resolve the problem. Inevitably, this means channeling opposition behind the Demagog Party, one of the twin parties of Wall Street and the military. And the epidemic of police violence continues unabated. This reign of terror raged under the watch of Obama and continues under Trump. Regardless of whether a state has a Demagog or a Thug governor, if the mayor or police chief is black, white, straight or gay, police killings continue unabated. It is three years since a Somali-American Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond, a white woman, in her back alley and four years since a Hispanic police officer in a nearby suburb killed Philando Castille during a traffic stop which was broadcast live on Facebook. After a particularly brutal act of police violence is publicly exposed because it is caught on film, the politicians engage in handwringing and promise an investigation. Almost always, these investigations fail to lead to prosecutions and convictions. Lenin noted in The State and Revolution:

State power is composed of special bodies of armed men having prisons etc at their command. As Friedrich Engels wrote, the state is fundamentally a product and a manifestation of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms, and the power and violence of the state grows stronger in proportion as class antagonisms within the state become more acute.

With the coronavirus pandemic, these class antagonisms are entering a new stage. The corporate and financial oligarchy, after doing nothing to protect the population, has used the pandemic to transfer trillions of dollars to itself, unanimously endorsed by the politicians. This has been followed by a campaign to “reopen the economy” and force workers to endanger their lives to pay off Wall Street. At the same time, the ruling elite plans on using mass unemployment and the bankrupting of the state to increase exploitation, slash social programs and impoverish the population. The conflict between the financial aristocracy and the working class is the fundamental source of the brutality and violence of the state. The same conflict creates the objective foundation for a political movement that can put an end to this brutality: the independent and united movement of the entire working class, to take political power into its own hands and put an end to the capitalist profit system.

Thousands continue to protest in Minneapolis over the brutal police murder of George Floyd
Anthony Bertolt, WSWS, May 28 2020

Police watch protesters against the arrest and death of George Floyd from the roof.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Protests continued for a second day in Minneapolis in the neighborhood where 46-year-old George Floyd was choked to death by police officers on Monday. Thousands of people gathered at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue Wednesday and blocked traffic, demanding justice for Floyd and the arrest of the cops responsible for his murder. Protests began in the morning Wednesday, with hundreds of demonstrators occupying the block where the brutal killing of Floyd took place and continuing throughout the day and into the night. For the second day in a row, police responded with volleys of tear gas, rubber bullets and sandbags as demonstrators who had moved up Chicago Avenue to surround the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct headquarters. Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz tweeted late Wednesday night that the protests had “evolved into an extremely dangerous situation” and called for everyone to leave the area. An Auto Zone automotive store across the street from the 3rd precinct had been set on fire during the chaos of the police crackdown. Floyd was confronted Monday evening by the police who were responding to a “forgery in progress” after the owners of a local restaurant called to report that he had tried to pass what they believed was a counterfeit bill. A video from one of the onlookers’ cell phones shows that Floyd complained that he could not breathe as officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck. Another officer, Tou Thao, helped keep the crowd at bay as the two others helped Chauvin pin Floyd on the ground.

As a result of the video going viral online and sparking national outrage, all four of the officers involved in the killing were fired Tuesday by Mayor Jacob Frey. However, as of Wednesday no arrests had been made. Private security footage published by the WaPo on Wednesday captured some of the events leading to the police killing of George Floyd. The video was provided by Rashad West, the owner of a restaurant near the 38th Street and Chicago Avenue intersection. The footage refutes the narrative spun by Minneapolis police spox John Elder that Floyd “physically resisted officers” after stepping out of his car. After being handcuffed, Floyd can be seen cooperating with the police, sat up against the wall of the building where the camera is recording, before he is dragged in front of the restaurant where Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin then murdered him by kneeling on his neck for almost 10 minutes. The two other officers involved in the killing, along with Chauvin and Thao, have been identified as Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng. While Lane and Kueng were relatively new to the police force, starting in 2019 and 2017 respectively, both Chauvin and Thao were veterans with rap sheets. Chauvin, a 19-year-veteran of the Minneapolis police force, was involved with five other officers in the 2006 police killing of 42-year-old Wayne Reyes, and in 2008 shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call. Thao was sued in 2017 for the use of excessive force after he stopped and searched a man without cause, cuffed him and then threw him to ground and beat him up. Mayor Frey responded to the protests Tuesday by calling for the arrest of Chauvin but not his accomplices. Frey said:

More than anything else over the last 36 hours, I’ve wrestled with one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? I’m calling on Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman to act on the evidence before him. I’m calling on him to charge the arresting officer in this case.

Along with the demonstrations in Minneapolis, protests over Floyd’s killing and against police violence have erupted across the nation, including in LA, where hundreds of protesters blocked traffic on the 101 Freeway Wednesday evening. The ongoing demonstrations are taking place in the backdrop of a deepening social crisis caused by the Pindo ruling class’s negligent response to the COVID-19 pandemic and growing anger over the February murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia and subsequent police cover-up.

Meanwhile, ten or fifteen minutes’ drive away, in St Paul, the older of the ‘Twin Cities’ and the formal State Capitol, another demonstration unfolds:

Minnesota nurses protested on May 20 at state capitol to demand PPE and an end to retaliatory firings
Katy Kinner, WSWS, May 28 2020

Fired COVID unit nurse Monica Norberg at St Paul rally

According to new data from the CDC, over 62.3k Pindo health workers are infected and 291 dead from COVID-19. Just six weeks ago, on Apr 17, the CDC said infections among health-care workers totaled 9,282, with 27 fatalities. The CDC admits that these numbers are likely an underestimate, because only 21% of those who are infected identify their profession. In addition, there are low testing rates among health-care providers, with the National Nurses United reporting that only 16% of nurses surveyed in a recent nation-wide study had been tested. Amidst climbing infection rates, banners pronouncing health-care “heroes” dawn parking garages, lawn signs and water bottles are passed out for “national nurses’ week,” and saccharine messages from hospital CEOs clog work email inboxes. But the widespread employer and governmental neglect of hospital worker safety cannot be disguised. Respiratory therapists, physicians, residents, medical scribes, nurses, lab technicians, nurse assistants, social workers, physical therapists and occupational therapists are in and out of patients’ rooms on an hourly basis. Without the proper protection or protocol, each exam, lab draw, bed linen change, medication pass or nebulizer treatment is a potential moment of exposure putting workers and patients at significant risk. Health-care personnel who work with patients with known COVID-19 infections as well as workers maintaining other medical services throughout the pandemic are facing unsafe conditions. In some areas, these conditions are worsening as states reopen, elective surgeries are restarted and hospital infection control policies and procedures are relaxed amidst the blaring and false proclamation that the pandemic is virtually over.

The aforementioned National Nurses United study collected data from 23k nurses across the country with results spanning Apr 15 to May 10, and questions focused on dangerous health-care conditions. 87% of nurses report reusing single-use respirator or surgical masks. Before COVID-19, this practice was unheard of. Masks were disposed of after each patient encounter and removed with evidence-based techniques that reduce chances of contamination. Now, nurses place their surgical masks in their scrub pockets during lunch breaks or reuse an N95 for up to a week, placing it in a brown bag at the end of the shift. Additionally, the fit of N95 masks, which must be sized correctly for each individual, a process called ‘fit testing’ that health-care workers go through annually, is compromised after multiple uses and can fail to protect the wearer after multiple days of use. 28% of respondents reported being forced to reuse ‘decontaminated’ N95 respirators while working with confirmed COVID-19 patients, a process which has not yet been scientifically deemed safe or effective. It is well known that inadequate PPE puts hospital workers at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. After known exposure, there are certain steps that must be taken to mitigate further spread. While policies and procedures vary hospital to hospital, the CDC recommends that any health-care worker exposed to a known COVID-19 case without PPE should self-quarantine for 14 days, seeking testing only if symptomatic. If wearing proper PPE, health-care workers resume work as normal, seeking testing or self-quarantining only if symptoms arise.

These recommendations are truly just recommendations, with no legal implications for hospitals that do not follow them. The recommendations are also inadequate and do not account for the well-known fact that the virus can be transmitted pre-symptomatically and asymptomatically. Workers are often unaware of exposure. Most hospitals do not have a system to retroactively alert workers who had close contact with a patient who tested positive days later on a different unit or once returned home. Hospitals that do have such a system are overloaded with cases and often unable to reach workers by phone for several days to a week, a time within which that worker has interacted with tens or hundreds of patients or coworkers. Under the pretense that the worst of the pandemic has passed, policies that once graced a lucky few have been withdrawn, such as providing paid time off or hazard pay for infected or exposed workers. The conditions facing health-care workers during the pandemic are the product of a decades-long social counter-revolution in which the health-care infrastructure has been pushed to the brink in the interest of the enrichment of a tiny oligarchy. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, rural hospitals hemorrhaged funding, nursing shortages and unsafe staffing ratios pushed nurses across the country to protest and deep cuts to Medicaid created provider shortages and spiraling health care costs.

Since the onset of the pandemic, hospital workers have protested lack of PPE and unsafe conditions. As Latin America becomes the new epicenter of the virus, protests by medical workers have spread across Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Honduras in recent weeks, raising the same basic concerns, including the lack of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), medicines, respirators, testing and personnel. In Pindostan, health-care workers across the country have reported being reprimanded or fired for speaking out against the conditions in their hospitals that put their lives and their patients’ lives at risk. While unions have organized a number of the protests, they have predictably worked to channel anger back behind the Demagog Party, which has long worked with the giant hospital chains, insurance companies and other health-care corporations to slash costs, reduce staff and increase the exploitation of health-care workers. Whatever their tactical differences with Trump, the Demagogs are equally committed to the reckless reopening of the economy and lifting of social distancing measures, even as a new surge of patients overwhelm intensive care units in Mississippi and other states. The class interests the Demagogs serve was on display this week when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently signed a budget bill that provided legal protections to nursing home operators, rang the opening bell at the NYSE.

As the national death toll continues to rise and health-care workers are needed more than ever, nearly 1.5m health-care workers lost their jobs in March and April. While a majority of those laid off worked at dental practices and smaller outpatient practices, some mass layoffs occurred at hospitals overrun with COVID-19 patients. At the same time, as part of the bipartisan CARES Act, the Dept of Health and Human Services has granted $72b to hospital groups, with plans to disperse an additional $100b, largely favoring some of the wealthiest institutions. A Kaiser Family Foundation study recently found that hospitals with a higher share of private insurance revenue received roughly twice as much CARES Act funding as poorer hospitals serving primarily Medicaid patients. As large sections of the working class, including the health-care “heroes,” are forced to put their lives and their families’ lives at risk, the political establishment has come together to give a limitless amount of funds to the largest corporations. In response, health-care workers should form rank-and-file safety committees to oversee health and safety conditions in their workplaces and fight to implement those measures necessary to protest health-care workers and patients, regardless of the cost to the corporations’ bottom line. The fight to defend the day-to-day interests of workers must be fused with the development of a powerful political movement of the working class to fight for socialism, including the replacement of for-profit medicine and with a system of socialized health-care.

Meditations On Whiteness
Caitlin Johnstone, May 28 2020

You’ve probably already seen the footage of a white police officer named Derek Chauvin cheerfully suffocating a black man named George Floyd to death with his knee while Floyd pleaded for his life. This went viral around the same time as another viral video where a white woman in Central Park called New York police on a black man who posed no threat to her while making sure to inform the police that he was black, and just weeks after video footage surfaced of a black man named Ahmaud Arbery being shot to death by a white former cop and his son while out for a jog. So race is on everyone’s mind, and rightly so. And whether we’re honest with ourselves or we throw a bunch of verbiage at it to try and compartmentalize away from it, white people are all aware when we watch George Floyd being torturously murdered that there’s no way it could have been us on the business end of that knee. Not because of our impeccable manners or our sparkling personality, but because our skin is a certain color. And whether we choose to directly acknowledge this reality or not, we’re going to experience discomfort on some level. And mainly what I want to say here is, that’s okay.

It can be tempting to try and distance ourselves from this discomfort by making it about individuals: that individual cop was a bad, bad man and I would never do such a thing, and I didn’t, so I have no accountability here. And of course it’s true that you were not personally directly responsible for George Floyd’s actual murder, but white people who urgently advance that truism are only ever doing so to avoid confronting the more uncomfortable reality that they live in and benefit from a society which guarantees that they will never be on the receiving end of such brutality.

White people have a lot of unprocessed feelings about racism, their role in it and the extent to which they’ve benefited from it, both in America and here in Australia, where the bright sun on my pale skin is a constant reminder to me that I am an alien on stolen land. Those unprocessed feelings will probably express themselves in angry vituperative comments on this essay by white people who are afraid of simply feeling their feelings and getting real with themselves, because this is uncomfortable, confrontational stuff. “Identity politics!” is an objection I often get when I try to talk about the reality of racial power dynamics in our society, probably because I have a lot of readers who follow me because of my criticisms of the Democratic Party which often cynically exploits race and racism to advance political agendas. But this isn’t identity politics; it’s not about politics at all. This is about healing, and being real with ourselves “Bah, white guilt!” is another common objection. “You just want us to feel guilty! How does white people feeling all guilty help fix racism??” They always talk about guilt. Guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt. I never brought guilt up, but that’s what they argue against. Which is of course very telling.

Obviously guilt in and of itself is not the objective here. Nobody’s claiming that the world’s racial wounds would be healed if white people just went around feeling guilty all the time; that’s a vapid strawman that is advanced by white people who don’t want to viscerally grapple with the reality of the advantages their whiteness brings them. But also, why such a fearful, defensive response to the possibility of experiencing guilt? Why treat guilt like it’s made of molten lava? Guilt is just a feeling; it won’t hurt you. You just feel it, listen to what it has to say, and then once it’s been felt all the way through it subsides. There’s no need to fear it, and it’s not legitimate to reject ideas on the basis that they might cause you to experience it. It’s not about guilt, it’s about consciousness and curiosity. Consciousness of the way racial power dynamics play out in our own lives, and curiosity about the experience of other races in our society.

White people are averse to emotionally processing the reality of their privilege for the same reason rich people aggressively insist they worked hard for every penny they have even though they know they received way more opportunities and advantages than the average person ever sees. Life is hard and abrasive for everyone, even for white people and even for rich people, so acknowledging you’ve received a head start in some way over other people can be one more thing in your mind telling you you’re deficient, in addition to your father’s voice and your first love rejecting you and all the other painful inadequacy stories you’ve got circling through your consciousness. White privilege doesn’t mean white people don’t suffer or that some white people don’t have it harder overall than some black people. All it means is that having white skin is an advantage, and that all other factors being equal a white person will have an easier time in our society than a person of color. And that this is because our society has been shaped by white supremacy for many generations, leaving many remaining effects.

Healing can’t happen without consciousness. Healing our society’s racial wounds won’t happen as long as white people are compartmentalizing away from the reality that our lives have been easier than they would otherwise have been if we’d been born a different race, and that this is because our ancestors killed, enslaved, exploited and oppressed people who didn’t look like them for many generations before we got here. That while we didn’t personally cause this dynamic, we are interwoven into its tapestry and we have risen above others because of it. And to be honest, if you really determine to get real with yourself and make your white privilege conscious, you will experience guilt at some point. It’s an inescapable part of the journey if you’re being really sincere and getting really curious about what life is like for people of different races in our society. And that’s okay. Guilt is not dangerous; you just feel through it and continue on your journey. It’s not the final destination in the journey, but it’s a river that you will cross along the way.

There are all sorts of conscious and unconscious ways that white people defensively protect a racist system, even when they don’t think of themselves as racist. You can witness these dynamics in a more overt form by simply scrolling through the comments on any of the videos linked here, full of white people arguing in various ways that this isn’t the atrocious thing that people are making it out to be. (Hint: if the only time you talk about racism is to yell at people that something isn’t racist, then you’re protecting racism.) They can happen in much subtler ways as well, throughout all aspects of our life, and it’s only by making them conscious and feeling the feelings that brings up until they are fully felt that these subconscious white supremacy-supporting mental habits can be noticed and uprooted.

My ancestors came to Australia as prisoners, and some almost certainly would have played some role in the genocide against the people who’d been living here for more than 65,000 years before them. And now I live in a society that is dominated by whiteness, and I’ve benefited from that. I’ve never had cause to fear for my life in the presence of a police officer, in fact I’ve never hesitated to call them if I’ve needed their help. I had an easy youth because my parents came from the race that has been favored by generations of white supremacist policies in Australia. Media I consumed growing up consistently featured people who were the same color as me, consistently feeding me through my formative years the message that I can accomplish anything I want in life. I’ve gotten jobs because I understand the subtleties of white culture enough to know how to speak and dress for different interviews, and because I had many white contacts (it’s not what you know, it’s who you know). There are people who pay attention to my words today who wouldn’t give them as much respect if they appeared next to a profile picture with dark skin. There are many other advantages I’ve had that I can’t even know about, since I’ve never lived a day in brown skin.

This is a reality I need to feel into and make conscious if I’m to play my part in our society’s healing of its racial woundedness. And yeah it can bring up uncomfortable emotions. Being white is weird, man. If we live in Australia or North America we’re acutely aware that we’re disconnected from our ancestral roots, but if we go to visit Europe that feels weird and not at all like home too. We walk through the land surrounded by the ghosts of its previous inhabitants, aware that they had a deep connection to it and that we do not. We’re always reaching for culture because we sense intuitively that that’s something people are meant to have, but everything we grasp fails to satisfy in any meaningful way. We’re aware on some level that we have it better than other races, but we also know that life has been cruel and abrasive to us too, and we don’t know how to solve all the problems which white supremacy has caused.

And if we’re honest with ourselves, it brings up a lot of feels. And it’s okay that it does. It’s good that it does. These feelings need to be felt. Really diving down the rabbit hole of racism and our role in it will move mountains inside you that you didn’t even know were there, and there will be some deep, deep emotions underneath them which will bring burning shame, and big tears. Those tears need to come out though. They’re what’s standing between you and true healing. And when you have processed through that journey, you will no longer have in you the defensiveness about your own white privilege, and any parts of you which were unconsciously defending and protecting white supremacy in that way will have been purged from your system. And you will be in that respect a much more real and authentic human being, with a much more real and authentic relationship with the world. And the world will feel much more like home to you.

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