Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Good is What You Do

It looks like this project will be a once a month (or less) occurrence for me right now due to health and other personal issues.

So I want to leave you with this in the meantime - Jay Smooth's "How I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race" TEDx talk at Hampshire College. (Closed captions are available.)



As with all things of this nature, being a better and more aware person is a constant process, not a single achievement or something that happens overnight. It's not so much a goal as a way of living. 
I can show you the language we use to talk about systems of oppression, and the ways in which many (Western) societies are built and how they work. But what is most important is using that knowledge to grow every single day. 
Being told you hold harmful beliefs is not automatically a statement of your character. It's someone telling you that you can do better. Take the defensive feelings and learn from them. We all make "mistakes." What matters is how we learn from them and how we react. Don't defend, listen and do better. 
Good is not what you are, it's what you do.