Current students at my alma mater are asking for a decolonized education. The push back and sleight-of-hand based on fear, ignorance, and adherence to harmful ideologies really really upset me. I wrote a letter supporting the students and explaining just how baked in and pervasive white supremacy is. If you’re not aware that everything in US culture is based on white supremacy, then you’re supporting it, even if you’re the type of person who wouldn’t want to. I know because having been against racism my entire life, and yet, I recently started educating myself more and have seen everything I got wrong in the past, all the ways I reinforced white supremacy through ignorance and fear.
So I invite everyone else to join me in decolonizing, in learning things we didn’t already know, and fighting back against degrading systems.