“Where we are born into privilege, we are charged with dismantling any myth of supremacy.
Where we are born into struggle, we are charged with claiming our dignity, joy and liberation.”
- adrienne maree brown
At The Well we are committed to helping all people live a Wild Embodied Liberated Life.
Our theme for July is Listen to Understand, inspired by the (long overdue) global cry for social change.
We are actively listening to and learning from the voices of Black, Indegenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), as part of our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and racism within ourselves and the cultures we create.
Unraveling racism is not going to happen overnight or from reading a few books. As Arielle Gray stated, “learning and excommunicating your internalized racism is a lifelong process that requires intense self-study and determination.” Only through consistent action and long term commitment can we become part of the change that needs to happen.
Whether we’re learning about racism or have experienced it, we all have different work to do. Some need to heal and reclaim the dignity and joy that is their birthright. Us white people have a responsibility to do to the necessary work of breaking down systems that perpetuate harm.
As Nikki Sanchez says in her Ted Talk (a must watch for Canadians), “racism and colonialism is not your fault, but it is your responsibility to address it” .
Thankfully, now more than ever, there are many resources to begin the lifelong work of seeing & unlearning patterns of oppressions that permeate our culture.
We have compiled a short list of resources we’ve been learning from, in hopes that it will serve as a guide in your own journey towards liberation and that of all beings.
A Reading List on Racism for Allies Who Want to Do Better by Arielle Gray
Why is this work important? Because your liberation and joy depend on it. Through it, you’ll come to celebrate who you are without paralyzing guilt and shame of your identity and the social identity you have inherited.
May we hear the call and rise, awakening the unique knowledge we each bring, to work together to solve our global challenges.
Ps- Soon we’ll be launching a Bowen for Black Lives Book Club where we can come together (virtually) to explore this work as a community. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.