Thursday, December 3

Tag: whiteness

Tuesday’s Temptation:  Not Being Curious

Tuesday’s Temptation: Not Being Curious

I waffled about what today's post is:  Not Being Curious or Forgetting. It is about how we approach history. Do we forget the unpleasant bits? Or are humans not curious enough to ask questions raising up the unpleasant bits? Maybe both. But for today, I'll go with not being curious. I just got back from Grenada. It is beautiful there. I had no idea what to expect. I have only been to the Caribbean once about 30 years ago when I literally won a trip in a drawing to go to the Cayman Islands. I chose Grenada because we were recommended to go to an all-inclusive resort for a change--we normally camp and do lots of work on vacations. The suggestion was to take it easy, I believe. Also, my hubs was tired of doing so much work during our camping vacations. For once, a little pampering was in o...
Tuesday’s Temptation

Tuesday’s Temptation

I think I finally found the new name for praying on Tuesday: Tuesday's Temptation. I frame it in temptation because temptations are the things we either need to claim or to circumnavigate. Because not all temptations are can or should be avoided. Like chocolate. Chocolate should not be avoided. But there is a line that can be crossed.   The temptation I fell into recently is the drive to make myself look better to others rather than to just let it be. Last night, I offered my experience of working with deconstructing white supremacy as a white person, and the work that I do with white folks up to an African American woman so that she would know I was a "safe" white woman. Pshaw. Really, I've hung out with her enough. It is up to her to decide if I'm "safe" or not and ...
Daily Practice 2017.10.18

Daily Practice 2017.10.18

Meditation Yesterday, a friend posted this on Facebook: "PSA: There are no "white" people in the Bible. The closest to being white are mainly the "bad guys" [Roman soldiers]" I've seen variations of this for years. It is certainly not new or original. However, I was surprised to see the level of attachment to archaic definitions of whiteness: "Actually, most definitions of "white" include people of North African and Middle Eastern descent, who are genetically close to Europeans." "A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa." Uh. Huh. I just bet all those middle eastern people are glad that they are now white. And the Africans of North Africa - Egypt, Libya, Morocco and so on should be jumping with joy. They now have the white c...