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shutterstock_1749420974.jpgMaya Angelou once said that prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.  Here we are in the middle of June, in the year 2020; in the midst of a global pandemic.  But it is the harsh reality of racism in the United States of America that has consumed the world’s attention.  It is not that racism in the world has suddenly been created or has increased.  “Instead, it is that current events have ripped back the curtain and have made what has always been there both transparent and obvious… It has exposed the societal wound that was never healed.        

I am not tone deaf enough to miss the fact that the very last person on earth that people want to hear from right now is a “white girl”.  And so I find myself torn between that awareness and the reality that as a ‘spokesperson’ for that which is beyond physical incarnation (including species or race), my voice is a necessary ingredient for change. 

The perspective I am going to share in this message to the human race is not a popular one.  It is not a message that fits with the current mainstream narrative. It is certainly not politically correct.  But it is the only way to actually end racism. 

We know that ‘racist people’ exist.  There are white supremacists.  There are police who profile Blacks and Hispanics and ‘Muslims’.  There are bosses who won’t hire minorities.  But we need to take our focus off of them because our capacity to know what to do with these people among us, is dependent upon our ability to do something else…  To recognize and admit to the racism in ourselves and work with the vulnerability underneath it.

shutterstock_1750460123.jpgMost people walking the planet today do not see themselves as racist.  They have already accepted the societal belief that racism is bad. 
It is now politically correct to say things like “I don’t see color only people” and “only laundry should be separated by color”.  It is now politically correct to slip into white savior complex.  It is politically correct to save spots in your companies for minorities so as to not appear racist.  It is politically correct for a university to hold a certain amount of scholarships or spots open for people of certain races.  It is politically correct when a company advertises or when someone makes a movie to ‘racial hire’ for the sake of PR.  And contrary to popular perception, instead of this ending racism, it simply buries it to fester. 

The ego is nothing more than a sense of self.  It is self-concept.  As such, it is obsessed with being ‘good’ and ‘right’.  It is also obsessed with survival (staying safe).  Because we are a social species, we depend on the group to get a great many of our needs met.  It is critical for other members of whatever group or society we belong in, to see us as good and right.  Otherwise, we are pushed away and our survival is threatened.  But this means that if the social group decides that something is bad and wrong, we must disown, reject and deny it in ourselves.  Doing this doesn’t make it go away.  It just makes it so we become defiantly unconscious and unaware of it. 

The second that racism became bad and wrong; people simply suppressed it and selectively identified with being against racism.  This means that instead of genuinely integrating with different races, not being racist simply became one more thing to decorate our ego with.

shutterstock_260361737.jpgI am going to make a claim that people who are the most egotistically identified with anti-racism will immediately reject and fight me on… Everyone is racist.                                          

The general definition of racism is: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group.  It often involves the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another. 

Many people believe that only the members of a group that has the power can be called racist.  For example, many blacks in America believe it is not possible for blacks to be racist because whites are the ones with the power and are therefore the ones with the upper hand in an unfair system that supports oppression, dehumanization, demoralization and injustice. But having power only allows racism to create more damage.  Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism as well as the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities is something that can and does exist inside everyone, regardless of whether they are the member of a race that has more power in society or not.  And each and every one of us must see it in ourselves regardless of what race we belong to or how much power we hold (or lack) within a society. 

shutterstock_1643441272.jpgWe must powerfully own our racism and not shame ourselves for it, but directly work with our perceptions that create the “push away” of a specific race.  The reality is that the mind identifies patterns and it groups things together.  It works rather like a computer in this way.  In many ways, this helps you to make quick decisions and survive.  So here is painful truth #1:  You may think and say that you are capable of not generalizing and that you never stereotype, but actually your brain can’t not do it.  It is designed to do it. Generalization is a conceptual tool.  It is a tool that can be quite beneficial and can be quite detrimental, therefore it is a tool that should be used with caution.  But it can’t be thrown out. Without generalization, we could never talk about commonalities, trends, tendencies or patterns and all three are critical when it comes to awareness.  It is as important when it comes to awareness to identify commonalities, trends, tendencies and patterns as it is to be aware that there are exceptions.  Unless we recognize the commonality in the first place, we will not look into the why behind it.

You may say things like “to generalize is to be an idiot” or “I don’t believe in stereotypes” or “I don’t see color only people”.  But the problem is, your mind does.  If you see people of the same race doing certain things or behaving in certain ways, the mind goes to work equating those behaviors with that person’s race.  We call this a stereotype.  It is no use to spend your time denying commonalities and identifying exceptions so you are nothing like those “shameful, hurtful, ignorant people” who you don’t want to have anything to do with.  What is useful is to see that perceiving patterns and commonalities that exist within the members of a group create expectations.  Things like Asians are awesome at math, Black men are violent, Mexicans are illegal immigrants, White people are rich.  And expectations alter the way we act towards people.  It can cause us to act in ways that hurt ourselves and others.       

shutterstock_1155403951.jpgPainful truth #2.  All generalizations and stereotypes exist for a reason.  The question is what reason?  That is not to say that they all exist for a good reason or because they are all right.  Some stereotypes are false.  Some have been intentionally created despite inaccuracy to cause harm.  But many stereotypes are in fact accurate assessments of commonalities, trends, tendencies and patterns.  That being said, generalizing and stereotyping have a bad reputation for good reason.  If you look at the etymology of the word stereotype, it is: “Firm or solid impression”.  This is where you can get into trouble with generalizing and stereotyping.  Where there is firmness and solidness, there is a risk for a disowning of flexibility and openness.  Not being aware that there are exceptions and differences can make you unaware and close-minded.  It is not that generalizations are all un true.  It is that they can open you up to the danger of making one story the only story.  And that can hurt you and everything else around you.  But contrary to popular opinion, generalizing and stereotyping is an essential and natural feature of your mind.  It is not a cultural, unnatural glitch in your mind.  Generalizations can be inaccurate and harmful.  Conversely, they can also be accurate and useful… A critical tool for learning, comprehension and communication.  Therefore, question your generalizations and the why they exist.  And make your generalizations flexible instead of being determined to not make them at all.

Underneath all racism is the perception of threat.  This means that vulnerability is underneath racism.  When the ego is threatened, it pushes that which it sees as ‘other’ away from itself.  It wants to gain power in order to be safer.  The ego perceives itself (and is therefore strengthened) through comparison.  It compares itself to other things in the world.  And the ego needs to see itself as good, superior, right and justified.  So, the ego uses the mind to look at these stereotypes and decides what those observational stereotypes mean in relationship to itself.  The ego uses the mind to look at these stereotypes and seeks to make itself feel good, superior, right and justified by contrast.  For example, if a stereotype a person holds is: black people are animals, their ego can feel sophisticated by comparison and therefore see that black person as inferior to them.  But that then determines how they treat the black person.   

shutterstock_1079261603.jpgNo one one earth is born a bigot.  We are not born racist.  We are socialized into families and cultures where racist perspectives exist.  We adopt those perspectives so as to establish solidarity and belonging with our social group instead of being ‘cast out’ and ‘made inferior’ by our social group.  We are not born with meaning intact.  When we are young we are fed meaning by the adults in our lives.  We are fed painful meaning about other races by the social groups we belong to.  We also become racist based on painful personal experiences that we have.  To carry around painful beliefs and painful meaning and to live with a worldview of separation is painful. 

But if you want to end racism in the world,
I have an exercise for you:  Be brave enough to make a list of all the negative racial generalizations, stereotypes or beliefs that you have.

For example: White people are self-centered, Hispanics are dirty, you’ve got to be careful walking by a Black man, Asians are terrible drivers.  No Indian will ever let their kid marry someone who isn’t Indian etc.        

Your answers will be unique to you because of your upbringing, nationality, race, culture and personal life experiences.  But this is the time to become completely aware of what they are, no matter how bad or good it may sound.  Ask yourself relative to each stereotype, what do I make this mean?  Then ask yourself, how does that meaning change my relationship, thoughts, words and actions relative to people of this race? Look over the list you have completed with your racial stereotypes and what you make those stereotypes mean and how that meaning makes you think and behave.  This time, try to see the various types of pain this has caused you and does cause you today.  Also, try to see if you can figure out where these stereotypes came from. Which stereotypes were adopted and which ones came from painful personal experiences. Once you have done that, see if you can see the kind of pain this racism of yours might have caused, or could cause people of that race.         

shutterstock_1477336778.jpgAfter we become aware of this root, we need to be willing to have open dialogue with one another about the vulnerable, painful root below our racism.  We need to be open about HOW we became racist.  And we need to be open to heal those experiences. 

To heal is to experience the opposite. If we feel demeaned, to heal is to feel valued.  If we are lonely, to heal is to achieve togetherness.  If we are chronically feeling poor, to heal is to feel abundant.  If we are traumatized by snakes, to heal is to form a different association with snakes so that instead of feeling negative towards them, we feel positive towards them.

shutterstock_1697920513.jpgTo heal from racism is to identify the pain relative to a race and to experience the opposite relative to that race… And THIS puts the power both in the hands of the person trying to heal their aversion to a race and in the hands of a person who belongs to the race that a person has an aversion to.  It’s time to seek out and create these “healing” experiences between different races within human society.  But we can only do this if we de-shamify racism.

We become racist as the result of pain. The ego takes over when the being feels threatened.  So, if we become racist as a result of pain, the question is, what pain?  The racist himself does not know that pain is what the racism is about.  The pain is the vulnerable root of the racism and if that pain was resolved or healed, the racism (which is just a branch off of that root) will not exist.  We may have had a painful experience in our personal life (or several) relative to people who belong to a certain race.  Or we may be in pain because of pain passed down through the generations so that each generation will grow up with it.  Sometimes racism becomes a part of our own racial identity.   The reason we cannot overcome racism is because we are not addressing BOTH the very real pain of the person who is on the receiving end of the racism and the very real pain of the person who is being racist.  When we turn the racist into the bad guy and the victim of the racist into the good guy, we cannot recognize that what unites them both is pain.  We make healing impossible. 

Picture-89.pngThe single biggest thing we can do to end racism in the world today, is to de-shamify it.  At what point in human history did saying that someone shouldn’t feel or think a certain way (because it is bad to feel or think that way) ever actually change the way that a person thought or felt?  The answer is neverNo prejudice, discrimination, antagonism or belief that a different race possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities will end by trying to make people see it is bad and wrong or by protesting against it.  Lawmakers may make changes in response to public pressure.  But never make the mistake of thinking that these changes that happen in response to public pressure means the underlying issue has changed.  Instead, it simply means the issue has been driven deeper underground. 

It is a given that racism hurts people.  But if we continue to make it so bad and so wrong, because of how the human ego works, no one will be able to see it in themselves, much less to admit to it.  This makes healing it impossible.  This condemns us to a gaslighting world where racism thrives under the curtain of a world that says it doesn’t exist.

If we want racism to end, we have to stop allowing political correctness to hide what is real.  We must make conversations about race, no longer taboo.  If we can face these stereotypes and the pain behind them on both sides, racism might just become a thing of the past. 

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I just wrote an article on this called «white shame». It surfaced in me after talking or rather arguing with a friend about blm. His need to be Good and Right made him utterly blind to the obvious racist things he was saying. It furiated me, but I recognized the white shame firstly in myself, and then I saw it in him. I am ashamed of being white...even though my family is of indigenous descent, I never experienced racism, and I recognize that I am blind to my white privilege. However, the shame is not something I will carry, it is something I will acknowlwdge to let go, which will make conversations about racism much easier, and seize judgement on both sides...Well said Teal...we need to heal the pain, all of us. Though black peoples pain is much greater, white people will not heal if they do not accept their own pain, or if they diminish it because others pain is worse.

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I love it!Thank you!X It is a very powerful message that has definitely been written out of love for all humanity and having the best interests of all in mind. Now in answer to that it is time for us to look deep into those denied and hindering  belief systems that are the roots of pain that keeps manifesting itself over and over again in our world ...lets heal them wounds ,lets drop beliefs that are not ours...lets create the better world! 🙂

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I would be curious how many of us that follow your material have done a parts work session with the aspect of themselves that is a racist. I did it a few days ago and it was really interesting to see why that part of me adhered to racist and sexist ideologies. These ideologies rested on a foundation of perceiving a lack of resources and having no one there to protect and ensure those resources would be available. Once I introduced the idea that there actually is technology and more being developed for renewable resources, and just opened this parts eyes to how much abundance, food, etc there is in the world than it dropped its ideologies almost immediately. It was quite a revelation that racist and sexist ideologies and the shifting of those ideologies coincided with environmental work, renewable resources, renewable energy, and witnessing the surplus of food we have (in the western world). 

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As a Black American, I'm utterly annoyed by the way intergration was implemented in the United States. Intergration should have been allowed to occur organically. You can "outlaw" discriminatory actions, (i mean not really, but i wont dive into it right now),but not prejudice itself.

People's perceptions can't be legalized, they feel how they feel,  that's it. All intergration did was close the separation gap, it did not yeild equality or justice for Black people. Many of the same disparities that were present between Black and White American communities then, are still present now, some have even worsened. And it didnt cost this White Supremacist infrastructure of ours a damn thing to let us sit in the same rooms with White people, it actually gave them more wealth, power, and access to us.

I'll pass on the right to sit next to you, work with you, marry you etc. If it means me and my people can be left alone long enough to create a world that's actually conducive to our lives/well-being, and that we can thrive in.

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Just for fun, a list of races/groups I have negative racial generalizations, stereotypes, beliefs about.

AMERICAS:
-> USA's a lot of the Black males - they seem dangerous, they seem to hate Whites and to be constantly calling them "White".
-> USA's cops - they seem dangerous, too entitled, privacy invaders.
-> That region between Mexico and Costa Rica - they seem very dangerous.
-> A lot of Carribean islands - they seem dangerous specifically to White people.
-> Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil - they seem dangerous.

EUROPE:
-> British male boomers - they seem too entitled, too arrogant, they behave like pigs (no offence to the actual pigs). Also, too nationalistic. Brittish this brittish that. Just fuck off already.
-> Spanish - awful people, because they have bull fightings, also they seem to be too hot-tempered assholes.
-> Irish males that are online - they are too nationalistic, irish this irish that; can you fuck off for once. Irish people in real life doesn't seem to behave like that though.
-> Italian males - they seem dangerous, mafia, too arrogant.
-> Albanians - they seem very dangerous, mafia, also look scary.
-> Gypsies - they steal, they are thugs, it seems that their whole culture is to be awful people and to be thugs; it's unheard of to hear a story with something positive about them, instead it's only crimes, murders, thefts, etc.
-> Romanians - a lot of them are gypsies.
-> Turkey males - they seem dangerous, too hot-tempered, rural parts seem to treat women awfully.
-> Chechnya region in Russia - they seem very dangerous and close minded.

AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST:
-> Whole sub-Saharan Africa - they seem dangerous (except bushmen, they are cool, and except those environmentalists and poacher-hunters, they are cool as well).
-> Syrians - they seem dangerous, scary.
-> Those jews that constantly talk about jews or about ww2 - they seem too nationalistic, jews this jews that; just fuck off already; they seem to keep telling everyone and everywhere how they are the victims, not even trying to look around.
-> Egypt - they seem dangerous.
-> Arabs - they seem to treat women like objects, also they look quite close-minded.

ASIA AND OCEANIA:
-> Rural chinese - they seem to be ignorant of human or animal life.
-> Papua New Guineans - cannibals.

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FINALLY... Something Teal says that I do NOT agree with.

I don't think that everyone is "Racist" as such.  Sure people have prejudices but that doe snot make them racist. Racists have an inherent superiority of one race over another, be it white over coloured or coloured over any other couloured or even white. And that can certainly apply to anyone of any colour and is not reserved for whites only or for those with power only.

As a teenager of Indian origin growing up in the UK, a friend of a friend who was also Indian use ot go on about how Indian culture and Indians by default were superior to the whites.  This guy was clearly a racist even thought he would never admit it. It really hit home when I told him that if he was white he would have been a neo Nazi.

Of the people I now know, I can feel some them do have reservations about people of colour which comes from a place of fear and the unknown rather than a view that they are superior to people of other races.

Great blog and the bulk of it is spot on the money and so eloquently expressed, as always with Teal.

 

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16 hours ago, SpiritualSeeker2020 said:

FINALLY... Something Teal says that I do NOT agree with.

I don't think that everyone is "Racist" as such.  Sure people have prejudices but that doe snot make them racist. Racists have an inherent superiority of one race over another, be it white over coloured or coloured over any other couloured or even white. And that can certainly apply to anyone of any colour and is not reserved for whites only or for those with power only.

As a teenager of Indian origin growing up in the UK, a friend of a friend who was also Indian use ot go on about how Indian culture and Indians by default were superior to the whites.  This guy was clearly a racist even thought he would never admit it. It really hit home when I told him that if he was white he would have been a neo Nazi.

16 hours ago, SpiritualSeeker2020 said:

FINALLY... Something Teal says that I do NOT agree with.

I don't think that everyone is "Racist" as such.  Sure people have prejudices but that doe snot make them racist. Racists have an inherent superiority of one race over another, be it white over coloured or coloured over any other couloured or even white. And that can certainly apply to anyone of any colour and is not reserved for whites only or for those with power only.

As a teenager of Indian origin growing up in the UK, a friend of a friend who was also Indian use ot go on about how Indian culture and Indians by default were superior to the whites.  This guy was clearly a racist even thought he would never admit it. It really hit home when I told him that if he was white he would have been a neo Nazi.

Of the people I now know, I can feel some them do have reservations about people of colour which comes from a place of fear and the unknown rather than a view that they are superior to people of other races.

Great blog and the bulk of it is spot on the money and so eloquently expressed, as always with Teal.

 

Of the people I now know, I can feel some them do have reservations about people of colour which comes from a place of fear and the unknown rather than a view that they are superior to people of other races.

Great blog and the bulk of it is spot on the money and so eloquently expressed, as always with Teal.

 

Hi SpiritualSeeker2020,
I agree with most of what you say.  That is, not everyone is racist - I would agree.  Yet everyone has a group of identity (unless they are a totally isolated and a loner which has its own problems).  This group of identity, for most people goes along traditional lines - place of origin, nationality, ancestry, religion, race, clan, tribe, ethnic group, group "story = history", shared ideals/beleifs/expectations, etc.  Some people have rebellious group identity where they take on the opposite.  In fact, a lot of the identity is created based on what this group "rejects".  This is a mirroring of ego that often defines itself by what it rejects as itself and it is always inferior.  Not all cultures may highlight race, but many do as it is so obvious.  Yet, all groups have a scapegoat.  One only needs to study the group to find out who their scapegoat is - the mythologized source of most of their problems.  The scapegoat can be another race, it can be Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, political beliefs (which has been happening in the USA with political parties), classes, ancestry, and the list is limitless.  I had a wonderful teach years ago who said, if you want to be an aware and compassionate human being and stand for change then you ask yourself, "Not do I have it but where is it?"  Unfortunately, all human groups have the archetype of the scapegoat.  Meaning that if they control or get rid of the group causing their problems, life will be ideal or at least much better. Of occurs,e for all involved, this denies their reflection and law of attraction completely.   Few people have done this as it entails taking one's enemy as oneself.  Many White people in America think they are doing this with regards to racism but the truth is, they are not.  They are scapegoating someone else like the police or government authorities or conspiracy theories, etc.  The only way around this is to find the group that you hate and/or want to blame and take it as past of yourself.  In this way, all humans are victims and victimizers of propagating prejudice and scapegoating.  I know a lot of people who are in denial and claim they don't do this but if I sit with my clipboard and if stye give me 10 minutes, I'll be happy to show them where they are scapegoating and blaming.  The making "racism" the new shame and morality and to treat them as the only scapegoat also means they are choosing a different scapegoat (probably not based on race but something else).  So I agree, not all groups use racism as their primary form of scapegoating but they have something in its place.    I want an end to scapegoats.  That means I have to deal with my reflections on all levels , not just some.  I also means that we have to acknowledge scapegoating as hard-wired in human nature at its present level of conscious as we cannot find a time period or group that doesn't have it.  The change of consciousness comes with, "I am that" not just with "victim" or "hero" reflections but every single one of them (including scapegoater) - now that's a powerful, courageous and conscious person and, yes, at our present level of consciousness it is hard and with little support.  Yet, places like this forum is where we can get support.    In the end, owning ones reflection is love. We are standing for love and "love thy enemies".  

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Teal, I have been a community organizer and content creator around amplifying Black voices for 15 years. The issues in communities of color themselves are severe and in multitude, and these issues alone are finally beginning to be touched on for the first time since the protests began. This is a good thing because it is now going in the direction of getting to the root of the current day problems which is the only way to ever even begin to see a solution to racism. In my opinion, you are thoughtful, deep, and completely on point. The root of the problem is far beyond race- and the root of the solution is everything you teach about knowing yourself, forgiving yourself, walking in your purpose and following joy. I will continue to look to you for the deepest of insight and advisement on how to truly Love. Thank you Teal. I am grateful for your existence more than I could ever express. You are needed. 

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On 6/15/2020 at 1:39 PM, MXO said:

Just for fun, a list of races/groups I have negative racial generalizations, stereotypes, beliefs about.

AMERICAS:
-> USA's a lot of the Black males - they seem dangerous, they seem to hate Whites and to be constantly calling them "White".
-> USA's cops - they seem dangerous, too entitled, privacy invaders.
-> That region between Mexico and Costa Rica - they seem very dangerous.
-> A lot of Carribean islands - they seem dangerous specifically to White people.
-> Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil - they seem dangerous.

EUROPE:
-> British male boomers - they seem too entitled, too arrogant, they behave like pigs (no offence to the actual pigs). Also, too nationalistic. Brittish this brittish that. Just fuck off already.
-> Spanish - awful people, because they have bull fightings, also they seem to be too hot-tempered assholes.
-> Irish males that are online - they are too nationalistic, irish this irish that; can you fuck off for once. Irish people in real life doesn't seem to behave like that though.
-> Italian males - they seem dangerous, mafia, too arrogant.
-> Albanians - they seem very dangerous, mafia, also look scary.
-> Gypsies - they steal, they are thugs, it seems that their whole culture is to be awful people and to be thugs; it's unheard of to hear a story with something positive about them, instead it's only crimes, murders, thefts, etc.
-> Romanians - a lot of them are gypsies.
-> Turkey males - they seem dangerous, too hot-tempered, rural parts seem to treat women awfully.
-> Chechnya region in Russia - they seem very dangerous and close minded.

AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST:
-> Whole sub-Saharan Africa - they seem dangerous (except bushmen, they are cool, and except those environmentalists and poacher-hunters, they are cool as well).
-> Syrians - they seem dangerous, scary.
-> Those jews that constantly talk about jews or about ww2 - they seem too nationalistic, jews this jews that; just fuck off already; they seem to keep telling everyone and everywhere how they are the victims, not even trying to look around.
-> Egypt - they seem dangerous.
-> Arabs - they seem to treat women like objects, also they look quite close-minded.

ASIA AND OCEANIA:
-> Rural chinese - they seem to be ignorant of human or animal life.
-> Papua New Guineans - cannibals.

Thank you for this! It is so, so important to be open and honest about these things. I hold a lot of these same beliefs as well and it is so scrutinized to talk about

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