Anti Racism for LENT. Day 2.
When a person of color is speaking, close your mouth and put on not only your listening ears, but also an OPEN MIND. Don’t argue, interrupt, or try to explain. Just listen. Do your best to understand and empathize.
A word from my personal experience:
Know that as you begin to listen, and you lean into facing your own privilege (and therefore, the reality of others’ oppression,) it will be uncomfortable, and at times, even painful. Particularly if you’ve a tendency to empathize.
+ On how this can feel:
“When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” – (who said this?)
+ On leaning into that discomfort:
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin