Well…really, it’s the INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.
Below are 3 things I am grateful for when it comes to doing anti-racist work:
1) I have found a community of friends who would gladly grab coffee/tea with me and talk about the realities and experiences of being brown.
Thank you, friends, who have honestly given their time to talk to me, get to know me and remind me to be gentle on myself and on others. This work is difficult enough as it is…sometimes, I lose myself in anger, hatred and depression. THE DARK SIDE! Thank you for reminding me to be compassionate when I needed to be, angry when I needed to be and reflective when I needed to be.
2) My personal journey in realizing that most people see me, my life and my beliefs as ‘different’, ‘weird’ , ‘exotic’, ‘strange’, ‘threatening’, ‘not understandable’ and otherwise ‘a mysterious mix of Oriental and Westernized’ has been painful but it has also been LIBERATING.
I am thankful for my heritage – for generations of strong men and women who dealt bravely and courageously with the cards that life dealt them. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today.
I am thankful for my brown skin for without it, I would not be me.
3) My partner-in-crime, C, who is white-bodied and white-identified, constantly engages with me in my work and continues to educate himself. His humility gives me hope.
It is my strong opinion that an explicitly anti-racist revolution among white communities is long overdue. To all my white-bodied friends who work silently and doggedly behind the scenes, who quietly engage and self-reflect, who don’t ask for cookies just because they think they’re the most bestest, awesome white allies ever…I am thankful for you. You are the leaders of a revolution that is long overdue.
Keep on fighting the good fight! xoxo