What can white people do?

Let’s say we are white people who want to do away with hate and bigotry towards people of colour.

We feel shocked
Even though statistically white people are some of the most educated and influential people in the Canada and the U. S. right now.

We feel helpless
Even though statistically white people are the most powerful people in Canada and the U. S. right now.

What can we do?

1.
We can acknowledge that we built things this way.
White people built a society where white people are prioritized over anybody or anything else.
We built a society where whiteness is prioritized over love, justice, and equality in almost every case.
Let’s be present in this cultural moment.
Let us open all of our senses, especially our ears, to people that do not benefit from the structure we built.
Without expectation, we observe the structural patterns in our lives, of our interpersonal and cultural systems.
We cannot change something we can’t see.

2.
We can accept responsibility for our bias.
We can let go of shame and guilt that causes us to hide our messes, and join the cleanup effort.
Let’s change the way we live – the way we spend our money, time, and energy, earn our living, love each other, communicate, solve conflict, and practise our spiritualities.
We cannot change by doing the same things in the same ways we always have.

3.
We can exert energy and influence on and within the societal structures we built, for the purpose of changing them or deconstructing them.
We can spend our resources in the construction of new, better systems.
We cannot change something we will not touch.

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