Sunday, December 31, 2006

... describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember.
Rilke

How to end racism?

One argues it's not so important to end it within myself as to end it within the larger structures which truly are agents of oppression. This white young man says his friends of color would much prefer that.

Another argures, and my leaning, to end it as deeply and as thoroughly within my being as possible. Completely clean it out of myself. And in so doing this, I will have done the greatest service possible to the world. All the while taking pragmatic action, hacking off chunks of the oppression.

Somehow, self-help becomes world change.

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