Recovery from the Lie of Whiteness
How does the title resonate with you? Do you consider that you need to recover from the lie of whiteness? Since George Floyd's death, I have been educating myself on these concepts. When I heard I could apply the 12 Step Program, which I have been using for over 40 years to address my co-dependency and other addictions, I became excited. Here is what I am learning.
Recovery from White Conditioning started in 2015 and the founding group is in Minnesota. In March 2020, their groups transitioned to weekly online meetings. They also offer many free resources. For example, this image and the following definition is taken from one of them.
Definition of White Supremacy: an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and nations of the European continent, for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power, and privilege...a system, a web of interlocking, reinforcing institutions: economic, military, legal, educational, religious, and cultural. As a system, white supremacy affects every aspect of life in a country. (School of the Americas Watch)
How Can You Use the 12 Step Program to Heal from Racism?
Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta is dedicated to the liberation of humanity through radical responsibility and collective awakening. They are committed to providing spiritual tools that equip humanity to awaken to its magnificence. They have provided blogs and a workbook that introduces a 12 step model approach to white supremacy whereby white people can learn from the Black perspective; life experience, history, beliefs, values, goals and dreams by comparing them to their own. The interactive workbook can be used in group settings, 12 step style meetings, or on its own.
In their blog, When the Lie is Written Law, they state: "Our reference to Whiteness is a mental construct - not a tone of skin or race. We take this approach because it actually best fits the historical narrative of how we got here. 'Here' being this hyper-sensitive attachment to this thing called 'white.' "
For me, I am being asked to understand history and what I have been told in a new light. It is similar to when I began exploring my family of origin in the 12 Step Program. I benefited because I was learning to channel my desire for change in a loving and compassionate way. As we know, it is all to easy to use anger, blame and shame and avoid personal responsibility for our own actions, feelings, and thoughts.
You are invited to join me in upcoming monthly Zoom discussions using the Recovery from the Lie of Whiteness Be-coming Aware workbook.
Here are the details if you are interested.
Registration is required. Let me know if you have any questions. Email: Ellie at email@example.com.
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