Welcome to the Healing Racism Toolkit Project

At the Maine State House — June 7, 2020

Long-time Bangor Civil Rights leader James Varner, 86, delivers an emotional message to an anti-racism protest in Augusta on Sunday. Varner attended the famous 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Varner also...

Mapping Police Violence

Black people were 24% of those killed despite being only 13% of the population.
There were only 27 days in 2019 where police did not kill someone.

Black people are most likely to be killed by police
3x more likely to be killed by police than white people.
1.3x more likely to be unarmed compared to white people.
It’s not about crime

Dragon Panel Project

When George Floyd was killed, or Freddie Gray or Michael Brown there is intense, widespread outrage and mass protests but then things die down until the next murder. The Dragon Panel Project connects these isolated events, touches people’s hearts and brings awareness that it is part of a system.

On Being Black, Southern, and Rural in the Time of COVID-19

Inevitably, when the United States sneezes, Black America catches a cold. And this is no ordinary sneeze and no ordinary cold. We [People of Color]—who were already neglected by states who chose profit and partisan politics over the health and well-being of our communities, who are impacted by white supremacist violence and health disparities —are seeing less access to emergency care…

Racial Disparities Opportunity Atlas

Racial disparities in income and other outcomes are among the most visible and persistent features of American society. This map allows you to search by a wide variety of demographics: Household Income, Incarceration Rate, Individual Income, Employment Rate, High School/College Graduation Rate, Hours Worked Per Week, Hourly Wage …

Map of Lynchings

Monroe Nathan Work, who lived from 1866 – 1945, felt compelled to document every known lynching that was happening in the United States. This is a interactive map that shows how lynching began as a form of self-appointed justice in local communities in the 1800s, when townspeople made grave accusations first, but never bothered to gather the proof.

Welcome to the Healing Racism Toolkit Project

Repairing the World — Tikkun Olam

“Tikkun olam,” often translated as “repairing the world”, is the idea that the spiritual essence created the world by forming vessels to hold Divine Light. But as this Light entered the vessels they catastrophically shattered, tumbling down to the material plane. Thus, our world, including ourselves, consists of countless shards of the original vessels which contain Divine Light. Humanity’s great task involves freeing, reuniting and raising these separated sparks back into Divinity and restoring the broken world. Nothing keeps these sparks and each other more separated then racism.  Regardless of the particular creation story, healing racism is a critical part of the process to heal a broken and fractured world.

Click here for memorial to honor George Floyd and other people of color murdered because of racism

“TO Some, especially if you are new to this work, engaging in this website might feel like a “gut punch” that knocks you to your knees when you learn about the injustice of things people take for granted as “just the way things are.” However, the good news is that becoming aware of injustice means we can change. Even tiny changes, like those that occur when people read the website, can make a small but positive difference. How marvelous is that? How often in life do we really have a chance to make something better?

Beginnings

Tools and materials introduced — what terms mean, why shared, who it impacts.

Understanding

Tools to assess where we are, and how behaviors impact people of color.

Acting

Tools for taking concrete action to address the issues raised in the earlier sections.

Becoming

Tools for doing better and for moving forward in a good community building way.

Repairing the World — Tikkun Olam

“Tikkun olam,” often translated as repairing the world, is the idea that the spiritual essence created the world by forming vessels to hold Divine Light. But as this Light was poured, the vessels catastrophically shattered, tumbling down toward the realm of matter. Thus, our world, including ourselves, consist of countless shards of the original vessels which contain Divine Light. Humanity’s great task involves freeing, reuniting and raising these separated sparks back into Divinity and restoring the broken world. Nothing keeps these sparks and each other more separated then racism.  Regardless of the particular creation story, healing racism is a critical part of the process to heal a broken and fractured world.

The Work

The work to address racism can seem daunting yet the wisdom teaching of many different cultures have similar ways of addressing wrongs. One such example is Alcoholic Anonymous’ 12-step process. Specifically, when we do something wrong, we need to understand and acknowledge the harm, apologize and listen to grievances, make amends and move forward.

First Steps

A first step is always to show up, show up then listen.

  • Listen without preconceptions or judgement.
  • Listen without mentally replaying white cultural values or myths.
  • Listen without expectation.

One way of doing this is to use this Toolkit starting with the Beginnings section, then Understanding, Acting, Becoming. Then read further down this page, to  “Dear White People” letters and Important Resources.  After listening to the perspectives and experiences that are shared within this Toolkit, it becomes time to fearlessly acknowledge the wrongs, both inwardly as well as outwardly without justification, being careful about timing and audience so not to re-stimulate past trauma.

Becoming Allies

Becoming a true ally does not happen because of our intention or self-identification. It requires consistently showing up and being useful over a long period of time in a way that creates non-superficial relationships. We can’t be in right relationship if we don’t have a real relationship to begin with. Being an ally requires accepting the validity of people of color shutting the door and saying no. No matter how much this might feel like rejection and how much it hurts,  centering ourself and our white feelings and ingrained behavior are not helpful. Being an ally requires being willing to be accountable without reservation. A true ally follows, does not take over. We are there to take blame if things go south, to make the coffee and do the clean-up afterwards. Only then can a real apology be meaningful coupled with the ability to hear an honest response and the possibility of making amends.

“Dear White People”

Click here for letters and articles written by people of color and/or proven allies that people concerned about racism should read.

LET US POST YOUR MAJOR EVENTS OR TIME-SENSITIVE CAMPAIGNS HERE:

We invite anyone to consider sending announcements of important events, actions or other activities that you think would be helpful and of course we’d love for people to fill out and send the evaluation forms located in ___.
(examples are regional or national conferences, workshops or events. Please do not send notices about a local meeting, book club, etc.)

August 4 – September 25 — Online Event

Becoming Antiracist Part II: A Learning Series for White “Liberal” Teachers

This is a professional learning series and community for white educators who see ourselves as “liberal” or “progressive,” but who know that’s not enough. We want to do better when it comes to racial justice.

The series includes four 75-minute webinars and discussions with educator-activists of color about the impact of white liberalism on racial justice efforts, which will meet Tuesday evenings, 7-8:15pm Eastern Time, in August 2020.

National Anti-Racism Teach-In

A national conference and global movement designed to identify, analyze, and challenge racism and White supremacy.

Online Virtual Conference
August 10 – 12, 2020

Presenters:
Dr. Joy Degruy, Author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. Robin Diangelo: author of White Fragility. Paul Gorsk: author of Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty. Ibram X. Kendi: author of How to be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Paul Ortiz: author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States. Anneliesse A. Singh: author of The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism & Engage in Collective Healing.

June 5, 2020

Message from Chairman Cromwell: Court Rules in Favor of Tribe

“Today, the DC District Court righted what would have been a terrible and historic injustice by finding that the Department of the Interior broke the law in attempting to take our land out of trust.”  …
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Our Land is Sacred #standwithmashpee
(it might seem over for now but keep paying attention)

 The Mashpee Wampanoag reservation on Cape Cod is being threatened with disestablishment of their tribal recognition.

May 26, 2020

Barnstable Friends Meeting, is working on the following and asks others to join:

The Time Has Come — Change the Massachusetts Flag and Seal

For 35 years, bills supported by Indigenous leaders to change the Mass Flag and Seal have been continuously blocked in the state legislature. Now, in 2020, H.2776 and S.1877 , the legislation to change the flag and seal, is advancing with strong support amid a growing grassroots campaign from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. Your help is needed to make 2020 the year we finally pass this long-stalled racial justice legislation
Moving Forward in Love —
https://changethemassflag.com

July 15, 2020 — Request for chapter idea/proposal (400 words or fewer)

“In our experiences, part of what makes common “racial equity” efforts so ineffective at eradicating racism is that they too often reflect common elements of white liberalism. These elements include:

  • mistaking celebrations of diversity for racial justice progress,
  • equating peace—the absence of tension as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., described it in his Letter from Birmingham Jail—with justice
  • relying on good intentions rather than good actions,
  • slowing racial justice progress by insisting on “baby steps” and “developmental processes” that protect white people from having to grapple seriously with racism,
  • adhering to a savior mentality or some other ideology that positions white people as the “fixers” or “saviors” of students and families of color,
  • misconstruing equity as equal numbers or representation rather than the elimination of inequity and oppression,
  • superficially expressing a desire for diversity but rarely engaging in meaningful practices that substantially incorporate the voices and desires of racially marginalized communities,
  • refusing to acknowledge the expertise or authority of people of color, even on matters of racial equity,
  • white educators manipulating the narratives of people of color in order to position themselves as “well-intentioned” or “innocent,” and engaging in “toxic positivity,”
  • insisting that conversations about racism are too “negative” and we should focus on the “positive.”

Sound familiar?

More Resources

As Audre Lorde said “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” It is our hope is that the wide variety of annotated links in this section will provide tools to build perspective.

Knowing that these resources are only a tiny fraction of the writing on racial injustice, and that everything written is a tiny fraction of the actual events or thinking, gives the reader a fuller perspective on the extemely wide breadth, depth and diversity of thought and experience, primarily from people of color. Hopefully this will expand our understanding of the extent, connectedness, serious and deep spiritual consequences of racism and white supremacy culture.”

Assumpmtions

Assumptions

Myths, unconscious bias

Tools

Racial Terrorism

Racial trauma, criminal “justice”

Sponges

Individual Change

Tips, dos/don’ts, accountability

Anti-Racism Tools

Collective Action

The good, the bad and the in between

Strategy Tools

Strategies

Systemic change of current realities

Get Involved — building beloved community

There are people who have demonstrated a deep commitment to racial justice who come together to make things better, to move things toward a peaceable world. Below are links to such places and particular organizations that would appreciate your donations.

Building Coalitions

These organizations are a wonderful place to start building useful affiliations. The web-sites are listed in no particular order. Check them out as you feel lead. We are adding more all the time;  to add others that you have found interesting. And, of course, let us know if any no longer are available.

Adam, Eve, and Lilith

(Majolica plate by Eve Carey) “Adam, Eve, and Lilith,” is a derivative of “Adam and Eve,” a Majolica plate by Eve Carey. 

Lilith’s name is not included in the creation story of the Bible but she appears in several texts.  There are multiple origin stories for Lilith but the most popular speaks about Lilith as the first wife of Adam. According to the “first Eve” story, like Adam, Lilith was created by God from dust and placed to live in the garden with him until problems arose between them when Adam tried to exercise dominance over her.)

Let’s bring LiIith back into the garden.

We are all part of a whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. — Albert Einstein

Please Visit “The Journey of Healing” [Coming Soon]

The Journey of Healing is a separate component of the Tools for Racial Justice which deals with issues facing Indigenous People of the US and how white folks can begin the process to travel toward healing past wrongs. 

Introduction

Definitions

Facts

Maps

Assessment Tools

Appropriation & Aggression

White Privilege

White Supremacy

Slave Owners Are in Your Pocket

Public Displays

Performance Art

Workshop Exercises

Freedom and Justice Crier

Activist Resources

Dear White People

Being Allies

James, Rachel, Dragon

Reparations

Three Candles

Spiritual Foundations

Introduction

Definitions

Facts

Maps

Assessment Tools

Appropriation & Aggression

White Privilege

White Supremacy

Slave Owners Are in Your Pocket

Public Displays

Performance Art

Workshop Exercises

Freedom and Justice Crier

Activist Resources

Dear White People

Being Allies

James, Rachel, Dragon

Reparations

Three Candles

Spiritual Foundations