|The Mystery within...|
My ears perked up when I heard Berkley law professor, john a. powell, an internationally recognized expert on civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy say we do not yet have the words to speak what needs to be said about race relations in America today. As one who searches for right words I found that fascinating and challenging. Powell spoke to Krista Tippet in a Live Video: A Civil Conversation with john a powell on how we might open up our anguished race conversation into the spiritual work of self and belonging. He said language is never quite right but we do need language.
Powell said: We need a language of belonging for the human condition is about belonging. When we interact with each other we both change. He asked how do we come together and learn together? How can we make belonging infectious? He acknowledged that the mind categorizes, and asked how do we become aware of our categories and have fun with them? He said we need a caring economy to be in relationship with others. Powell sees the culture of whiteness as the hard nut. Slavery is about America. How do we help whites find a new identity and believe in something other than ourselves? We need to become aware of our unconscious signs of bias and work to overcome them. The Civil Rights movement is as much for the white soul as it is for the freedom of blacks. We need to trust we will be shown the way.
What if we all searched for the right words to guide us in right relationships with one another and our planet?