Friday, July 17, 2015

10 White Privilege Commandments

10 White Privilege Commandments:
  1. Thou shalt not assume your experience or your feelings about your experience is equal or greater than the experience of those most affected by racism.
  2. Thou shalt not shame or publicly deride “people of color” for speaking out against racism, enlarging your awareness or history and identifying your privilege.
  3. Thou shalt not (mis)appropriate the material, intellectual or spiritual culture of others.
  4. Thou shalt not ask stupid questions.
  5. Thou shalt not arrogantly assume you can touch the bodies, hair, clothing or personal effects of people who you deem as “Other” or “exotic”.
  6. Thou shalt not NOT listen actively and reflect inwardly about what you heard from people not of your culture.
  7. Thou shalt not assume that your particular cultural content is the best in the world or that it is the best way to see the world
  8. Thou shalt not be required to like the sins (or colonies or nations or political systems) of your fathers (and mothers)….nor is anyone else.
  9. Thou shalt not assume that your god can beat other peoples’ goddesses/gods or spiritual entities nor should that god eclipse the presence of others or be used as a battering ram to support your privilege.
  10. Thou shalt not knowingly (or unknowingly)  participate in, aid or abet the structural and systemic elements of racism.
  11. Thou shalt not assume that ten commandments is enough to deal with racism and European/white privilege...let alone everything else pathological or out of balance in the world.

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