Maybe White Supremacy Isn’t the Problem...Just Like Drugs Were Never the Problem
Updated: Jan 31
I recently came across the innovative and empowering feminist movement, ElleTwo, led by the brilliant and captivating Lauren on LinkedIn. I have been a devoted follower of hers for over a year now, and I am constantly inspired by her thoughts and ideas.
Her recent foray into the realm of Instagram has seen her espouse a brand of postmodern feminist ideology that is steeped in radical leftist thought. Her unwavering commitment to this cause is commendable and requires a great deal of courage, setting her apart from the vast majority of Americans who remain passive on these issues. It is my hope that her efforts will contribute to the creation of a more equitable and just society, one that breaks free from the constraints of the status quo.
The distinction made in the recent post regarding the comparison of "white supremacy" to drugs is certainly thought-provoking, however, it seems to lack a nuanced understanding of the issue at hand. While the post may blame "white supremacy" as the sole cause for individuals' voting choices, it is essential to recognize that it is merely a symptom of a larger and more complex system of oppression.
Oppression is a complex and deeply ingrained issue that affects people on a global scale. It is a result of various interconnected systems, norms, and practices that have been woven together over time to create an unequal power dynamic. Some of the key systems that contribute to oppression include capitalism, imperialism, materialism, and racism. These systems not only perpetuate inequality, but they also foster an environment where discrimination, exploitation, and marginalization are normalized.
The notion that a single ideology, such as "white supremacy," can be responsible for causing universal pain is misguided. Differences in beliefs, also known as freedom of thought, do not inherently lead to conflict. It is only when one belief is imposed as a universal truth and oppresses others that strife arises. Hence, any opposing ideology, without addressing the root causes of oppression, will not be a sufficient solution to the problem.
In the words of Audra Lorde, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House." It is necessary to dismantle the web of interconnected systems and norms that perpetuate oppression, rather than solely focusing on any one aspect of it.
To truly address oppression, it is necessary to fundamentally transform these systems, and create a new social order that prioritizes the inclusion of all ideologies and perspectives, rather than suppressing them. It is crucial to understand that people who hold beliefs that differ from one's own are not inherently evil or wrong, but are simply a product of the life experiences and systems they have been exposed to.
This includes those who may seem complicit in the current oppressive system, as they have often been psychologically or spiritually oppressed by it, limiting their worldview and inhibiting their spiritual and psychological development.
The act of putting oneself in another's shoes and trying to understand their beliefs and experiences can go a long way in creating a more inclusive and equitable society. This requires active listening and a suspension of judgement in a psychologically safe environment. Personal growth and transformation can happen when we challenge our limiting beliefs by exposing ourselves to different perspectives and engaging in reciprocal dialogue.
This can be seen as an embodiment of the principle "love thy neighbor", where differences are celebrated and everyone is given a seat at the table. One's worldview can be expanded and biases can be challenged when we actively listen and engage in generative conversations with those who have different experiences and beliefs.
The human experience is characterized by a shared struggle against the limitations imposed by our surrounding systems. Our beliefs, biases and perspectives are shaped by the very systems that oppress us, leading to a fragmented and divisive society. However, this need not be the case.
By engaging in a reciprocal practice of empathy, understanding and active listening, we can begin to unravel the limiting beliefs that hold us back and prevent us from embracing the diversity that makes us truly rich and resilient. To create a more equitable and sustainable future, we must break free from the constraints of the systems that have perpetuated oppression and embrace the power of connection and collaboration.
By working together and fostering a greater sense of empathy, understanding and respect for each other, we can create a more unified, diverse and vibrant community that is capable of overcoming even the greatest challenges.
The mere act of mowing over weeds in your lawn will not eliminate them; they will persistently regrow with greater vigor. To truly address the issue, it is necessary to eradicate the root system and cultivate a new environment where healthy growth can flourish. Similarly, to overcome the societal issues that plague us, it is crucial to dismantle the current system and collaborate to build new structures with the aim of achieving individual sovereignty and global liberation.
Attempts to eradicate drugs from the world have proven to be a futile and narrow-minded approach that has met with failure. However, this failure can be seen as an opportunity for learning; drugs are not the underlying problem, but rather a symptom of a larger and more deeply rooted problem. Similarly, "white supremacy" is not the root cause of our social ills, but a result of an unhealthy and flawed system that requires a comprehensive overhaul.
It is only through a concerted effort to change our individual perspectives and broaden our understanding that we can bring about lasting change in the systems that govern our world. This requires a willingness to step outside of our comfort zones, confront our own biases and preconceived notions, and cultivate a deeper sense of empathy and compassion for those who may hold different beliefs. Only by embracing this kind of inner transformation can we hope to create a more equitable and just society for all.
“The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor.” -Bill O’Brien