Some Thoughts on White Supremacy

Here are some of my thoughts about “white supremacy” and diversity, though I believe they have probably been stated by others elsewhere. White supremacy (same thing as racism, from what I can tell) or any kind of monolithic, exclusionary thinking for that matter, can’t be sustained over time. Change keeps happening, change expressed in so many ways– increasing diversity, cultural pluralism, etc., and monolithic thinking gets continuously challenged at an ever-increasing rate by it all. That is why I think we poly-thinkers (polytheists, poly-whatevers, really) have a more adaptive, flexible way of perceiving, relating, and moving about in the world. Monoliths eventually topple. History supports this time and again.

The human brain is multi-faceted, made up of many parts, holding different perspectives. I find that maturity means making sure our many perspectives work in harmony together, from a good solid core of Self, but not from a monolithic, authoritarian understanding of Self. If you live from a consciously racist place, you have to exclude so much of reality, which requires an enormous expenditure of energy. Not very adaptive, or mature.

It’s vital that institutions, made up of many people with many perspectives (some not necessarily consciously examined and/or accepted), keep up with change and incorporate more ideas and diverse peoples to work for the greater good of society. They are best when not functioning as monoliths but as many-towered, many tapestried places of service, learning, etc. If they do not go more with the flow of change, we see what happens: they get crusty and filled with problems, such as the Catholic Church. (No insults meant in any way to my dear Catholic friends, btw, or Jesus for that matter, to be clear.) And then there’s white supremacy enshrined as an institution, now being actively chipped away via physical removal of statues that embody it. It’s a change and long in coming, though still not enough for me or so many of us. Still, it’s change and threatening to the white supremacist thinkers. But, it’s good change, painful as the backlash to it is that we are seeing of late. And we are and will see more backlash.

As much as you can, please try and hold the bigger, positive picture in view: White supremacy cannot be sustained and we are seeing the active struggle by some to keep that illusion– truly an illusion– alive.

 

7 thoughts on “Some Thoughts on White Supremacy

  1. Hi are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Like

  2. I may be wrong in my understanding of the post so bear with me. I may be putting too much emphasis on the word “statues” and taking that too literally. Anyway, I will go with the thoughts that are evoked. My [relative] and I both feel that destroying statues in this country from long ago is horrible. Those statues remind us of that terrible time in our history. I don’t believe anyone has a right to dicker with it. The collective shame we have as individuals and ancestral burdens as a whole will hopefully detain us from doing what those statues represent ever again. I actually saw a few of them on a trip to Washington, DC (the Smithsonian) and Alexandria, VA (the Battle of Bull Run) to visit relatives when I was between 10-12 years old. The exact timeframe is a bit muddled at my current age. After reading your post again, I realized we may be on opposite sides of the fence. If so, we will have to agree to disagree. This may be coming from a very righteous part!

    Like

    1. You will notice I made no reference whatsoever to destroying any statues, including ones of blatantly racist historical figures. My own (and, similarly, others’) thoughts about the removal of said statues is to then place them in museums and include information next to these large art pieces, such as the reasons why they were removed from outside public contexts (e.g., how they were once viewed in a white-washed way, how they represent “ancestral burdens,” etc., etc.). That way, they remain intact lessons but not in a glorifying context out in public. I might be wrong, but I think some/a few of the removed statues over recent years have been placed in museums.

      That all said, I do sympathize with angry African American people who feel the urge to destroy these painful reminders of their and their ancestors’ oppression. Those of us not in their shoes, specifically those of us who are white, can and do easily have a more removed viewpoint that is readily positioned from a place of white privilege. It is important for us white people to check our privilege as best we can.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s