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All this dwelling on the Women’s World Cup and Serena Williams, thinking about how far we have come and yet how much more we have to go, has me thinking also about religious and spiritual leadership. I’m thinking of my own Muslim community. In a way we have never had more prominent Muslim women whose scholarly, artistic, intellectual, and civic leadership is so easily accessible and visible for all to learn from.\

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Looking forward to \@Al_Rawiya\‘s ShaykhaFest 2015 which will feature inspiring roster to \#NextTimeRememberHer\ \pic.twitter.com/eYVJl69oST\\

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— M. Hasna M. (@MHasnaM) \July 12, 2015\\

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Whether it is the scholarship of a Kecia Ali, Sa‘diyya Shaikh, Amina Wadud, Ingrid Mattson, Jerusha Tanner Lamptey; whether the fiction of a G. Willow Wilson and Elif Shafak; whether the social/spiritual commentary of Samar Kaukab, Hind Makki, Maria Ebrahimji, Jamillah Karim, Linda Sarsour, Dalia Mogahed and Rabia Chaudry, Muslim women have perhaps never been more prominently known. And yet…\

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When it comes to institutional formats, we are still not much beyond the realm of sports, with its 5 percent focus allotted to women. We still see entire panels of male scholars, male institutions, and models of authority lifted up as the standard that systematically marginalize and exclude women. A recent social media campaign, called \#NextTimeRememberHer\ was designed to shine a light on precisely such a painfully excluding and marginalizing reality.\

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As hard as women scholars study it’s never enough. What about \@IngridMattson\ on this panel? \#NextTimeRememberHer\ \pic.twitter.com/itg9WcOJaL\\

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— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) \July 12, 2015\\

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How absurd that we have talented Muslim women writing Friday sermons but be excluded from actually delivering them because their voice is going to be considered \awrah\, sexually tantalizing and scandalous to male audiences.\

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How absurd that universities create positions for Muslim chaplains, but remain unsure of whether they can hire Muslim women because women would not be allowed to lead congregations of men and women in prayer.\

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How absurd that now, in 2015, we would even need a campaign to encourage popular online resources \to include the recitations of women among their Qur’an collection\.\

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How absurd, how sad. And yet, here is where we are.\

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If we aspire for a better today, better tomorrow, we have no choice other than staring our reality fully, and shine the light of justice on an injustice that we ourselves are complicit in creating and maintaining.\

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Is there any other realm in life that I would have to look at my daughters, my beautiful bold talented daughters, and tell them that they are not qualified because they are girls? And then to tell them to find meaning, truth, and beauty in these very realms that ultimately exclude them? And how to look at my sons, and tell them that they are the beneficiaries of unearned privilege in the very realm of life that purports to bring them to God?\

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I am not naïve abut the imperfect society that we inhabit, and in fact create. The lines of class, race, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and ableism are with us. Somehow it hurts more deeply when it occurs in the name of religious and spiritual institutions. Ultimately, I expect religion to uplift, transform, and deliver us to God. When we fail to do so, it is somehow extra-brutal.\

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May we be participants in creating a society in which all of our children can follow all of their dreams: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. May our society be one that benefits from the gifts and talents of all of us.\
\nI say this not out of a lack of love for my tradition or my community. Far from it. It’s because I love my daughters — and my sons — enough to want to struggle for a tradition and community in which all of our gifts and talents can be acknowledged.\

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We can only transform a tradition that we love. I love my own tradition enough to be disappointed in this aspect of it, to want to struggle to make it better.\

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A society that relies on the talents of half of its dreams is only half a society. May we be whole-hearted, a whole society, a healed society, one that acknowledge the immense gifts of all of us, men and women, boys and girls.\

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The recent success of Serena Williams and the U.S. women’s soccer team in the World Cup is a beacon of light. It’s also a reminder that we have a long way to go in recognizing the roles of half our population in sport and religion.\

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He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at \Illuminated Tours\.\

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He is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.\

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Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including \Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism\; \Cambridge Companion to American Islam\; \Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam\; and \Memories of Muhammad\. His forthcoming books include \Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions\ and a book on the famed mystic Rumi.\

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Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in \The New York Times\, \Newsweek\, \Washington Post\, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He can be reached regarding speaking engagements at \[email protected]\.\

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He is a Quaker elder, educator, activist, and founder of the \Center for Courage & Renewal\. His books include \\A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life\\, and \\Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation\\. His book \\On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old\\ will be published in June.\

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We were gathered around two round tables, covered in bright yellow and white gingham table cloths, picking at the remnants of our Saturday evening potluck, and talking about what it means to be white in America at this time of such horrific, racialized violence and such powerful uprising. People shared stories about their frayed familial roots, expressed anger and grief and confusion about how to act (especially locally), and yearned, together, for this moment to be one that our children might look back on and say, “That was when white people finally, really took a stand.”\

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Naïve? Perhaps, but it somehow feels like the only appropriate response to something as horrific as the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. Coupled with rigorous self-examination and strategy, we must be bold enough to aim for historic and incontrovertible change. We must cling to urgency. We must not settle for another breaking news moment that falls off of our radars and into the black holes of our white consciousness.\
\nBlack people, people of color in general, don’t have the luxury of forgetting, especially as long as white people, particularly the “good ones,” remain so fragile.\

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“White fragility” — it’s a term I had never heard before Saturday night. A friend uttered it in reference to how so many white people respond when challenged about racism, and I felt like someone had turned the lights on. It was one of those moments when you hear language that wraps around something you’ve experienced or witnessed, but found impossible to describe. What clarity. What relief.\

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White fragility is, at its essence, gut level pushback. It’s like the fight or flight response of white people who want to believe that they, and the world by extension, are less racially divisive than they really are. It’s when you feel like the wind has been knocked out of you when a person of color points out that something you’ve said seems rooted in a privileged experience of the world. It’s when you desperately want to defend why a well-intentioned institution that you’re a part of isn’t really racist. It’s when you evade talking about certain parts of who you are for fear that it will make you vulnerable for critique from people of color.\

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\Ernest Branch (L) hugs a man carrying a Confederate flag (who didn’t want to provide his name) saying that he respects the fact the guy likes the flag but that he is against the flag flying on the Capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina.\\\ (\Joe Raedle \ / Getty Images.) \\\
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Dr. Robin DiAngelo has done work for many decades helping people understand how to think, talk, and act on issues of race and privilege. \She writes\:\

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\“It became clear over time that white people have extremely low thresholds for enduring any discomfort associated with challenges to our racial worldviews. We can manage the first round of challenge by ending the discussion through platitudes — usually something that starts with ‘People just need to,’ or ‘Race doesn’t really have any meaning to me,’ or ‘Everybody’s racist.’ Scratch any further on that surface, however, and we fall apart.”\\

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Where does this come from? You would imagine that white people would be stronger, not weaker, that they would be emboldened to take in new viewpoints from their position of privilege. But we are deathly afraid, even if unconsciously, of falling off the pedestal. Progressives who align with anti-racist organizing want to prove that we are the “good ones.” Our fragility is born of our desperation to be seen as morally flawless in the eyes of people of color and other white progressives. We reject white supremacy, and yet, we are emotionally invested in a variant of white purity — somehow believing that we can transcend the very system that has given us our privilege, the very system we purport to want to fight against.\
\nI’m grateful for a framing that helps me understand my own fragility. Experimenting with how I use the power that comes from my privilege is a messy process. Sometimes I feel like I manage to do something really useful in the world, whether its recommending \a brilliant person of color to speak at a conference\ and working with them to hone their transformative message for a broad audience or saying I won’t speak on a panel that I’ve been invited to because there isn’t a person of color on it. Interestingly, white fragility often shows up as talking \a lot\, a kind of flood of effortful explaining, or the equivalent of a peacock’s display of anti-racist sentiment — posting on social media with great fanfare or calling out other white people with a sort of zeal.\

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\People of Madison, Wisconsin hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Charleston church shooting. \\\ (\Light Brigading\ / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). ) \\\
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Sometimes I feel like my good intentions don’t lead to great results. I recommend that person of color and then end up feeling like they have a tokenizing experience that further isolates them and their brilliant ideas. In these moments, I sometimes feel the fragile part of me rear up. I swear off these kinds of efforts, both because it wasn’t a positive experience for the person I recommended, but also because I don’t want to risk feeling like I’ve messed up. When fragile, I don’t trust the resilience of my relationships or the power of speaking plainly about the failures and moving on. I have been revealed to be imperfect within a system that I am all too happy to point out is imperfect. I have been revealed as part of the mess of traumatized, grasping, healing humanity.\

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It can be subtle stuff, I admit, and yet I’m convinced it’s related to the anything-but-subtle violence in places like Charleston, \like Cleveland\, \like George County\. If white people want to belong to the beloved community, if we want to be part of the tide that is turning thanks to people of color-led movements like \#BlackLivesMatter\, then we have to show up as bold and genuine and imperfect. We have to be weary of our fragility. We have to be intolerant of our own forgetfulness.\
\nIf it feels difficult, and it does to me, you’re probably on the right track. Dismantling centuries of dehumanizing institutions and practices — both in the world and within ourselves — can’t be a simple process. The good news is that transforming your fragility into courageous imperfection is the beginning of a lot more joy. It’s the beginning of a lot more connection. It’s the beginning of the end of racism.\

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A passionate, grounded plea to recognize white privilege and the gut level pushback — the “white fragility” — that happens when talking about race.\

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He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at \Illuminated Tours\.\

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He is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.\

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Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in \The New York Times\, \Newsweek\, \Washington Post\, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He can be reached regarding speaking engagements at \[email protected]\.\

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I want to get A’s. Even as an adult, over a decade out of any formal schooling, I realize that I sometimes walk through the world looking for a gold star. I subconsciously ask myself: Am I good mother? A good friend? A good collaborator?\

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A good white person?\

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That last one might sound strange, but I’ve come to realize as of late that one of the delusions of white (progressive) culture is the assumption that if we \stay vigilant enough\, if we do enough “work,” that we can achieve some sort of permanent state of goodness; i.e., prove that we are definitively not racist. It’s as if somewhere along the way being labeled “racist” became our biggest fear. My friend \Mia Birdsong\ explains her take:\

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\ “An unintended outcome of the Civil Rights Movement is that white (liberal) people developed a binary understanding of racism. Racists are cross burning, hood wearing, hate spewing people. If they are not that, they are not racist.”\\

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So progressive white people frantically read the right books, proclaim adoration of the right thinkers, learn and integrate the right language, \buy our kids dolls with varying skin tones\, donate to organizations that fight white supremacy, etc.\

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But you can’t study, consume, or perform your way out of racism.\

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If you are white, if you’ve been socialized in the United States of America in the 21\st\ century, you are racist. You will be racist until the day you die. There is nothing you can do to escape that fundamental fact.\

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In some ways, that’s a \frightening reality to reckon with\. But in another, it’s freeing. If there is no chance of escaping my own internal racism, then I don’t have to work so damn hard all the time to prove just how not-racist I am. Instead, I can spend energy doing things that are much more liberating — particularly building my resilience around confronting my own racism when it surfaces and building relationships with people who will call me out on my racism and support me in confronting it.\

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This happened recently. A black woman and friend of mine was lamenting how frustrated she is that so much money is still being invested in organizations led by white people when the presidential election (among much else) proved that it is the leadership of women of color that is so direly needed at this moment. In discussing an organization that friends of mine started, with an overwhelmingly white leadership team, I was immediately defensive. I wanted to explain why they were the exception, why they deserved understanding, why they weren’t part of the problem. In retrospect, I was wrong. In that moment, my racism surfaced. After a couple of weeks went by, she sent me an email describing her experience.\

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It was hard to process. My first instinct was to \shame spiral\ and get defensive. She caught me off guard. I was having a rough day, not to mention month. I didn’t found the organization. All of that was true, but didn’t change the fundamental truth of what she was pointing out. As I let that first emotional wave run its course, there was something after it that felt like accountability, like acceptance, like integrity. I apologized and recommitted to supporting women of color in leadership.\

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I remembered that interrogating my own internal racism is not a one-time show, but \a life-long journey\. The only way to keep at it is to build relationships that can surface it and withstand holding it up to the light. It’s painful, but it is liberating because it releases me from thinking I can “win” or that I’m capable of perfection. I can’t and I’m not.\

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There’s something in me that relaxes when I’m real about that and get on with the work of really living, building interracial relationships, not because they garner me the appearance of being conscious, but because they mean a lot to me, force me to grow, give me opportunities to love while flawed and to love flawed humans (which we all are).\

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Shame has become such a fundamental part of the way white people, progressives especially, relate to their own whiteness. It’s not an unfounded reaction, of course; there’s a lot to be ashamed of. But as \Brené Brown\ writes:\

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\“Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement.”\\

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When white people dwell in shame, we tend to grow meek and fragile, try to play it safe or perform, get defensive, try to distance ourselves from the “bad white people,” and a whole host of other reactions that don’t actually repair anything — relational or systemic.\

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Alternatively, when we \move beyond shame\ (or at least don’t let it be the driving emotion), we recognize that while we can never cure ourselves of the culture in which we were raised, we can transform it. It will take generations, but so be it. Now is the time to be on the right side of history, \not\ by purifying yourself of racism, but by grappling with it one humbling, sad, liberating, loving moment at a time. It won’t get you A’s, but it will make you more human.\

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Shame and defensiveness about racism are not the path to change. Our columnist extends a challenge to white progressives, and to herself: to face the reality of deeply embedded racism directly, and to resolve to change the prejudices that remain.\

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He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at \Illuminated Tours\.\

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He is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.\

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Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including \Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism\; \Cambridge Companion to American Islam\; \Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam\; and \Memories of Muhammad\. His forthcoming books include \Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions\ and a book on the famed mystic Rumi.\

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The headlines over the last few weeks have been filled with the worst of whiteness — \Nazi knock-offs parading around with Tiki torches\ and a 20-year-old \plowing a car into a multi-racial counter-protest\; a police officer \caught on tape\ reassuring a white citizen she doesn’t have to worry because “we only kill black people”; xenophobia bubbling up all over the internet and elsewhere thanks to the president’s announced intention to \repeal DACA\ and send 800,000 young Americans to countries many of them have never even lived in.\

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But there is a different story starting to take shape. It doesn’t have a coherent narrative just yet. It doesn’t have a title like “white supremacy.” But if you look hard, it’s there. It’s nascent, but it’s critical to the future of this country.\

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It’s \Heather Heyer\, the 32-year-old woman killed in Charlottesville defending her belief in racial equality and her mother, Susan Bro, who has \refused to become a White House photo op\. At her daughter’s funeral she said,\

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\“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her.”\\

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It’s \Pearce Tefft\, the father of avowed white nationalist Peter Tefft, who wrote and published \a letter\ denouncing his son and his belief system in no uncertain terms:\

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\“He once joked, ‘The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.’\\

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\Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.”\\

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It’s the thousands of Virginians, the majority of them white, who \filled the UVA campus\ in a vigil after all the violence, creating a sea of little united flames, singing and pledging to stand up, unafraid, to their violent, hateful brothers and sisters.\

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It’s the CEOs and artists, many of them white, who \resigned from Trump’s various councils and committees\ after his refusal to take a bold stand against white supremacy.\

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It’s the organizing happening all over the country by \Showing Up for Racial Justice\ and other groups formed specifically to help white Americans understand how to be proactive about fighting racism.\

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Maybe it’s you — attending a vigil in your own hometown, expressing genuine rage or grief on social media, reaching out to relatives that you think may harbor some of the same dehumanizing ideas as those who gathered in Charlottesville or those calling for deportation of young people (\95 percent of whom are working or in school\) and engaging them in overdue dialogue.\

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For so long, whiteness has either been invisible — almost like the neutral setting, \as Miguel Clark Mallet wrote so eloquently\ — or it has been irredeemable, something to be ashamed of, something to disavow, something to try to escape through the parroting of black culture or tireless work to be one of the “good white people.” Both mindsets are ultimately unfruitful for real racial progress. One is a comfortable delusion — that whiteness is the norm and always will be. The other is a delusional comfort — that there is some way to earn transcendence from the moral abomination that is American whiteness, historic and contemporary.\

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But could it be that a third way is being born? Could it be that a narrative of whiteness that feels redeemable, principled, loud, unafraid, \intentionally uncomfortable\, even joyful, is starting to take shape? Has the white supremacy movement’s palpable surfacing finally allowed for a critical mass of white anti-racist Americans to step forward and declare the dismantling of white supremacy a personal priority?\

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Only time will tell. But for now we have some serious wrestling to do with our own consciousness and some serious changes to make — behaviorally and systemically. The truth is, even at a moment this galvanizing, the project of reimagining whiteness feels overwhelming. Where does one start? Attending a vigil is a powerful way to signal one’s commitment, \a source of collective emotional catharsis\, and, potentially, a way to build solidarity with other people who are poised to fight racism. But what does the fight itself look like? Where does it show up? Who are its leaders?\

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These are genuine, not rhetorical, questions. I don’t know the answers. I do know that we face many paradoxes:\

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What we have to gain is nothing less than our own integrity, the healing of a moral wound that is at the center of white existence, even when the festering is invisible or called by other names.\

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White supremacy is newly palpable in unsettling, violent ways. But what if our public conversation about race can encourage a new, redeemable, and joyful whiteness to come to the fore?\

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Her newest book, \\The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream\\, explores how people are redefining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney is the co-founder of the \Solutions Journalism Network\ and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also co-founder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com.\

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\is the co-founder of the \\Solutions Journalism Network\\ and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is the author of six books including \\\Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists\\\ and, most recently, \\\The New Better Off\\\.\\

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Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in London, UK, Marion Osieyo is a development practitioner, writer and adviser, specializing in global governance and development policy.\

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She has advised government administrations and international organizations on development policy including the \UK Department for International Development\, \BOND\, \British Council\ and the \Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation\. She has also worked with civil society organizations to promote social and economic development in Southeast Asia, West Africa, and Europe.\

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In 2015, Marion was selected by the European Commission as a \"Future Leader\" of International Co-operation and Development and was selected by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a Prime Minister’s Global Fellow.\

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was the founding executive editor of On Being Studios.\

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But what if our public conversation about race can encourage a new, redeemable, and joyful whiteness to come to the fore?"},{"property":"og:image","content":"https://i0.wp.com/api.onbeing.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/4092850198.jpg?resize=1200,630"},{"property":"twitter:image","content":"https://i0.wp.com/api.onbeing.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/4092850198.jpg?resize=1200,630"}],"headerTitle":"A New Narrative of Whiteness Is Unfolding | On Being","searchExclude":false}},"34718":{"id":34718,"date":"2017-09-09T09:00:48","modified":"2017-09-26T11:07:26","slug":"trent-gilliss-jumping-back-into-the-fray-after-a-hectic-summer","author":2,"title":"Jumping Back Into the Fray After a Hectic Summer","content":"\

Our team returned to work after a revivifying two-week holiday. And we welcomed back Krista after her three-month sabbatical by jumping into full production mode: bringing on our new COO Erinn Farrell, interviewing Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, and completing the final edit of n\ext week’s podcast with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz\. He’s a brilliant, articulate mind who offers so many ideas to parse, but these words stick with me:\

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\“For people like us, for people who come out of the African diaspora in the new world, simply to fall in love when you have historically been denied love, the right to just connect to the body which you have chosen and that has chosen you, means that an act of love is not only revolutionary, it’s not only transcendent, but it is the deific, it is God-like, it is a glimpse or a taste of the omnipotent.”\\

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And we welcomed back our columnists too…\

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\Parker Palmer \| \\The End of Summer Is the Space Before What Could Be\\\
\nSummer seems a distant memory, doesn’t it? Parker ponders “how to ride the autumn energy into the potentials that are always present in yet another season of life” and “reap the whirlwind, maybe the harvest.”\

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\Demonstrators participate in a march and rally against white supremacy August 16, 2017 in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.\\\ (\Jessica Kourkounis\ / Getty Images / © All Rights Reserved) \\\
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\Courtney Martin\ | \\A New Narrative of Whiteness Is Unfolding\\\
\nReal racial progress, as Courtney sees it, has been bogged down by an understanding of whiteness as being either invisible or a source of shame — one a “comfortable delusion,” the other a “delusional comfort.” But, on the horizon, she wonders if a third way — crucial to our country’s evolution — is arising:\

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\“Could it be that a narrative of whiteness that feels redeemable, principled, loud, unafraid, intentionally uncomfortable, even joyful, is starting to take shape? Has the white supremacy movement’s palpable surfacing finally allowed for a critical mass of white anti-racist Americans to step forward and declare the dismantling of white supremacy a personal priority?”\\

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\Ali Schultz\ | \\Beyond the Myths We Tell Ourselves, Big Love Is Waiting\\\
\nWe wrap ourselves, Ali writes, in mythmaking and work for a sense of purpose and protection. But, if the story we tell ourselves begins to feel isolating and loveless, maybe we need to think bigger?\

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\“We work hard, we choose work over life, we take on responsibilities that may or may not be ours to take on, we suffer from psychic and emotional weight — things such as guilt, worry, fear, anxiety. Mired in struggle, directing dramas, and, perhaps, wondering if that’s all there is. Is it?”\\

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\Things We’re Reading\\
\n\The New York Times\ | \\Goodbye, Yosemite. Hello, What?\\\
\nAn enriching, eye-opening op-ed spurred by the renaming of a treasured lodge in Yosemite Valley.\

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\The New Yorker\ | \\Letter from a Region in My Mind\\\
\nJames Baldwin writes, “We may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.”\

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\On Being on Instagram\\

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\From the On Being Archives\\\\"\"\\

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\Jennifer Michael Hecht\ | \\Suicide and Hope for Our Future Selves\\\
\nSuicide rates are at a 30-year high, especially for women aged 45-64. So often the conversation around suicide is based on morality or rights. Perhaps it’s time for a new cultural reckoning —and one, Jennifer Michael Hecht proposes, that’s based on our essential need for each other:\

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\“I think that the conversation does have to be about how important people are to each other and how vivid that becomes after a suicide. We’re all suddenly reaching out to each other to say, ‘Really? Did this really happen?’ and ‘I miss this person,’ and ‘I didn’t even know that I was so connected to them.’ And that’s a good place to start a conversation. Not the negative side. Not to say, ‘Don’t kill yourself ‘cause it would kill other people,’ but to say, ‘Look how involved we all are just under the surface, and let’s try to help each other.’”\\

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\Constellations of Listening\\
\nOur newly designed \discovery engine\ does something special. It creates \constellations of listening\. Think of it like this… each \On Being\ episode is like a discrete star in a larger cosmos. By bringing into focus a limited set of kindred stars, a new picture forms — a constellation that helps you see and understand the universe slightly differently. The constellation formed with the Ms. Hecht interview as its north star:\

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Listen, share, and please let me know what new insights you may have gleaned from this constellation! My email address is \[email protected]\, and I’m on Twitter at \@trentgilliss\.\

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And to all of you who wrote me about \Mike Rowe’s testimony on the intelligence we ignore\, I deeply appreciate your willingness to share your personal stories about the value of vocational education and growing up in the trades. Thank you for opening up.\

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May the wind always be at your back,\
\n\Trent\\

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Smart writing on big love, the end of summer, a new narrative of whiteness, and constellations of listening — all curated by our editor-in-chief.\

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is a columnist for \On Being\. Her column appears every Friday.\

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Her newest book, \\The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream\\, explores how people are redefining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney is the co-founder of the \Solutions Journalism Network\ and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also co-founder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com.\

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Courtney has authored/edited five books, including \\Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists\\, and \\Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women\\. Her work appears frequently in \The New York Times\ and \The Washington Post\. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her partner in life and work, John Cary, in Oakland, and their daughters Maya and Stella. Read more about her work at \www.courtneyemartin.com\.\

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is a columnist for \On Being\. His column appears every \Thursday\.\

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He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at \Illuminated Tours\.\

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He is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.\

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Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including \Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism\; \Cambridge Companion to American Islam\; \Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam\; and \Memories of Muhammad\. His forthcoming books include \Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions\ and a book on the famed mystic Rumi.\

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Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in \The New York Times\, \Newsweek\, \Washington Post\, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He can be reached regarding speaking engagements at \[email protected]\.\

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is Director of Duke University's Islamic Studies Center and weekly columnist for \On Being\. He is the editor of the volume \Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism\ and the author of \Memories of Muhammad\.\

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Over the past few months, a group of friends and I — three of us white, one black — planned \a panel for the beloved Bioneers Conference\ on how white people, women in particular, can wake up and fight racism. Our conversations were wide-ranging, but one of the patterns that emerged was tensions.\

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There is a series of tensions that we believe white people have to hold if we are going to effectively and eternally be part of fighting racism. They are deeply indebted to the wisdom and influence of many women of color whom we have been in conversation with or read over the years.\

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We offer a few of them up to you in case they are helpful on your journey (and, \as I’ve argued before\, it is a lifelong journey):\

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\1. Pause and slow down vs. take action.\\

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As a white person, it is easy to read the news of another police shooting and want to give money to the \Black Lives Matter movement\. Not a bad instinct, truth be told. If more of us redistributed our wealth (white people hold \90 percent of the wealth\ in America despite only being \60 percent of the current population\), a lot of change would take place.\

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But, until white people have the emotional fortitude to sit with the profound sadness of being part of a people that has enslaved and exploited for centuries, our action can only come from a shallow place, a place that doesn’t match the depth of the problem. We can end up in \a cycle of clicking on petitions and donating to causes\ as a way of staving off our own discomfort. Not only does it keep our potential as change-makers anemic, it keeps us feeling dissatisfied and compartmentalized. The lead-up to transformation is not paved with strategically-timed donations to the \ACLU\; it is thorny and painful and messy. As \Mia Birdsong\, one of the panelists, said, “If you’re not f-ing up, you’re not trying hard enough.”\

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\2. Try to influence other white people to do anti-racist work vs. perform your own\ \anti-racism as a sort of ego-boost.\\

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One of the things that white folks indisputably need to do if we are going to shift racial dynamics in this country is have real, hard conversations with our family and friends. Ideally, that happens within the context of a loving relationship, in person, maybe even around a dinner table at Thanksgiving. \Showing Up for Racial Justice\, an entity organizing white people to fight racism, actually has a \Thanksgiving hotline\ set up so people can get support on these kinds of conversations in real time!\

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It’s not always realistic to have those kinds of heart-to-hearts. Sometimes we want to influence our social network via Facebook or some other means. I know that posting a brilliant article by \Brittney Cooper\ to my nearly 4,000 friends, the majority of them white, is a worthwhile way to use my influence. Yet, when does the posting of that piece become more about how I want other people to see me rather than how I want them to see the world? How can I tell the difference? It’s one of those things that only shows up internally, so the more we pause and check in with our own motivational truth, the better we get at doing things from a genuine place.\

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\3. De-center whiteness and learn about other cultures vs. objectify, co-opt, and/or disrupt sacred spaces.\\

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No doubt many of you have \heard the brilliant Heather McGhee\. She spoke right before our panel this year and told \the now famous story\ of how a guy named Gary from Indiana called up a C-SPAN show she was on and admitted to being racist and earnestly asked for her help in changing. Heather and Gary have now become friends in real life, and Gary has been on a journey to read about and experience cultures outside of his own, including, according to Heather, showing up at a black church. I cringed when I head her share this detail because it reminded me of one of the other common tensions that white people must struggle with.\

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On the one hand, we have to de-center whiteness in our lives. We should be deliberately consuming media made by people of color (\The Read\, \Very Smart Brothas\, \Blavity\, \Radio Menea\, \Muslim Girl\, etc.). We should be creating and pursuing spaces where we can build bonds with people of color. Friendship is not only the most foundational element of a happy, healthy life, but of radical social and political transformation, too. Proximity is where it’s at!\

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Yet, we have to make sure that we are not falling into the all-too-common traps of cultural appropriation (the adoption of the elements of one culture by members of another culture) or “collecting” friends of color as a way to feel better about your own inescapable racism. We have to make sure we’re not disrupting spaces, often spaces that people of color have fought tooth-and-nail to protect, that are designed for the sacred connection of people of color with one another. Some of this is obvious — don’t show up at a mosque unless you’re invited. Some of this is more subtle and goes back to building our muscle to be self-aware and check in about our motivational truth. And, of course, look for signs of how we are affecting those around us. If you’re trying to make friends from a transactional, objectifying place, folks aren’t going to respond with warmth. Read the room.\

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All of this adds up to a wiser way for white people to pursue lives of meaning, to be part of shifting culture and power, to make our lives — as small and insignificant as each one may be \in the scheme of a daunting racist history and present\ — matter. It’s more complicated than I was socialized to believe it was, and yet, I am starting to understand just how rewarding it can be. Heather McGhee said:\

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\“We have to tell the many stories of how white supremacy is materially and psychologically harmful to white people.”\\

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Agreed; \and\ we have to start telling the story of how being part of challenging and dismantling white supremacy is one way to grow up, get more genuine, experience the joy and pleasure of boundary-breaking friendships, shed delusions of superiority, stop worshipping individuality, and pursue spiritual maturity. It won’t make you a “good white person,” but it will make you a better human.\

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