What we are going to focus this blog on for the next few months is DEI - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. And here is why: I want to document my personal journey to understanding my own personal biases toward race. I want to be able to Hear and Absorb the message, Infuse it into my daily life, and Communicate with a positive, comfortable voice for race relations.
A few weeks ago I was asked to be part of the DEI committee of LWV. Of course I enthusiastically said of course! A while later my inner self asked me "What the hell can I bring to this committee? I'm a middle aged, white woman, raised in a white, rural state living in white suburbia. I'm the epitome of the problem!" I've wrestled that "problem" until last night.
Last night I attended an introductory DEI ZOOM Meeting. Other women expressed the same concern about what "we" can contribute to recognizing inequality in America's race relations. It's a valid insecurity. And it's a cop-out! Shame on "us" for looking for the sympathy. The easy way out. Fucking validation! NO! No more!
I may fear "retaliation" for mis-speaking on my journey to learn and be a better race partner. That is nothing! I don't fear interactions with police, jogging down the street nor do I fear for my children's lives as they go about their daily business.
Whining about my inherent white privilege is privilege. Get the Fuck over it! NOW!
Day 1. Stop expecting "help" with my privilege!