Category Archives: enslavement

Hear My Plea

My friend, Avis Wanda McClinton continues to challenge and educate us about both the history of enslavement and the continued oppression of black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). She shared some of her experiences in the Friends Journal … Continue reading

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Settler Colonialism as Structure

This morning my Quaker meeting will be discussing resources in preparation for upcoming meetings related to the question, How Is White Supremacy Keeping Us From Hearing God’s Voice? Following is the abstract of one of those resources. AbstractUnderstanding settler colonialism … Continue reading

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Property

I continue to struggle to convince others that we cannot make progress toward justice as long as we are content to remain in systems that continue to cause injustice. Racism is built into the social, economic and political structures of … Continue reading

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Moral Injury

I recently came across a discussion of moral injury, and immediately recognized how that applied to a number of situations in my life, past and present. Much of what is written about moral injury relates to war. Unsurprisingly as combatants … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Abolition and Mutual Aid

Abolition of the police is a relatively new concept to me, as a white male. One of the most significant and impactful parts of white privilege is related to safety and law enforcement. It is one thing to read the … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be a truth teller?

I’ve recently heard about additional experiences of a friend of mine, a Quaker friend. A friend who is a person of color. She has had many experiences related to racism and White supremacy, in more than one Quaker meeting she … Continue reading

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Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy in the United States bill

There is a long and terrible history related to the attempts to forcibly assimilate native children into the White settler culture that colonized the lands and people in what are known as the United States and Canada. This is a … Continue reading

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Stranger in a strange land

We are living in dangerous times. Man made crises related to the concepts of possession and separation. Of unjust and unsustainable economic and political systems that are failing here and elsewhere. Organized religions that have been used, some for centuries, … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter Statue

I’ve had an evolving understanding of tearing down statues related to racism and other injustice. At first I thought these were mainly acts of venting frustration. Perhaps symbolic resistance to injustices of the past. But when I attended the July … Continue reading

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White supremacy and monuments to White supremacy

Some responses to a recent post about the Seeding Sovereignty event HEY! Come Get Your Racist Uncle, Remove Monuments to White Supremacy, were objections to removing Confederate statues because of their (possible) historic value. I know many White people don’t like … Continue reading

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