Episode 287: White Supremacy Culture – “What We Learned.”

What does it mean to think about white supremacy culture? I mean, to REALLY think about it. What happens when you think about it? Even just hearing the words “white supremacy culture”, or listen to ideas about it, how does it impact your body or your urges? What emotions do you become aware of?

So as a white guy, when I have these conversations, I might notice my stomach tighten at times, perhaps want a break or maybe even walk away or turn off the recording. I remember sitting in conversations like these before and having thoughts like, “That isn’t exactly correct” or “I wonder if they have their facts straight?” I also have felt defensive at times, or really, really sad. These are my experiences as a white person, and I’ve come to expect them to show up still, even though I have been on this antiracism journey for a while now. Now when I see these reactions show up, more otfen I can tell myself that they won’t last forever, and see what I can learn about the reason I’m having these strong reactions. I imagine that other people who are not white may have their own set of thoughts, urges and emotions that may have some overlap with mine, and some of which may be very different.

So what I’m saying is that this is normal to have these kinds of experiences in response to a hard topic like thinking about white supremacy. But what do you do next? What will make it better or worse? Will you stay or will you go? What will help you to grow more, to work on your biases, or help you understand the shaping influence white supremacy culture has had on us all?

So today our multiracial team of antiracism educators and friends will reflect on what it has been like for each of us as we’ve discussed the traits of white supremacy culture. This is the last episode in the series, and for reference, we are using the online document White Supremacy Culture – Still Here, a link to which is found in the show notes for this episode.

Let’s go now and listen to this conversation.