Part II:
Patterns of White Supremacy

In this section we will practice identifying patterns of white supremacy as they show up in our racial identity and as internalized oppression and racism. Those of us with European ancestors have been socialized without our consent into whiteness and white supremacy… and we can begin to unpack what that means and how to disrupt that conditioning. 

We know that it may be challenging or painful to recognize your role in a racist society. But the theme of this section is growth and transformation.

As we move forward to explore our own individual roles in a racist society consider the words of Luvvie Ajayi, "I realize comfort is overrated. Because being quiet is comfortable. Keeping things the way they've been is comfortable. And all comfort has done is maintain the status quo. So we've got to get comfortable with being uncomfortable by speaking these hard truths when they're necessary."

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi

Reflective Practice

Find some space in your day to sit quietly or in prayer and reflect on the questions below. You might want to record your thoughts in a journal.

  • What is my earliest memory about race? About my racial identity? Looking back, what early messages did I receive from family and larger circles about our group and other groups?
  • As I think about my racial identity, I notice the feelings that come up. Where in my body do my feelings arise? If that part of my body could speak, what would it say?
  • What’s good about being my racial identity?
  • What are the costs of my racial identity?

As you pay attention to your own racial identity and the racist society we live in, consider taking a daily inventory: 

  • How has my racial identity shown up today?
  • What did I notice today that was a product of white supremacy? Did I notice anyone disrupt it?