- Self-Awakeness is becoming the change we want to see.
- Intracultural Responsibility is speaking up with our own about the change we want to see.
- Intercultural Unity is containing words and behaviors that undermine collaboration and nourishing systemic wellbeing.
It seems to me that the synergy of these three ingredients provides a holistic foundation that can make it possible for sustained societal repair of racism (and isms in general) to at last occur.
Here is a three-part video series I did with Ty Pruitt on addressing racism and other isms, as part of Sherita Herring’s Partnering for a Better Tomorrow Series.
An Integrated Transcendent Framework for Facilitating Societal Repair: A Tripartite Foundation
- Commitment to Self-Awakeness – Becoming the Change
- Healing: I commit to cleaning up my own negative programming by waking up to forms of racism, privilege, target-ness, powerlessness, and power abuse, and authority issues, that I have been unaware of or tolerated in myself. I commit to stop oppressing others to compensate for my inner oppression, authority issues, fear of powerlessness, and feelings of insufficiency. I acknowledge that until I deal with these root causes of the racism programming that I carry, I will continue to pretend that covert bias doesn’t exist, instead of co-creating systemic transformation. I commit to not settling for this any longer. I commit to replace guilt about my privilege and power with using my privilege and power to help create positive change in the world around me.
- Modeling: I am always representing my tribe. I take responsibility for representing it at its best, and for repairing any damage I inadvertently inflict when I don’t do this.
- Self-Management (Untriggerability): I refrain from both power abuse and power phobia. I step into healthy personal power rather than tolerate or justify things I say and do when I allow my reptile brain to be the boss of my words and actions. I remember that my emotional charges with others are a doorway into spotting and resolving my own baggage, and that the extent to which I can hold others accountable in uplifting ways is determined by how susceptible I am to being emotionally triggerable. I recognize that it is my commitment to self-management of my thoughts and emotions that enables me to productively participate in nonviolent engagement & repair.
- Impact Literacy: I seek to recognize when there is a disconnection between my intentions and my impacts so I can recognize and repair my unintended negative impacts and discover how to have positive impact with my positive intentions.
- Courage to Elevate Intracultural Responsibility — Speaking Up With My Own:
- I take responsibility for helping to clean up my own tribes — to take on my own people before trying to take on the “system.”
- I commit to challenging isms within the groups of which I am a part.
- I commit to doing this in ways that foster love rather than guilt and that promote collaboration not shame.
- I commit to learning how to inspire and facilitate people in my own tribe into an upward gaze instead of triggering them down into deeper levels of divisiveness and hatred.
- Wisdom to Support Intercultural Unity — Containing the Unacceptable & Nourishing Systemic Wellbeing:
- I recognize that political correctness is a cover-up of immorality that forces racism and other isms underground. I recognize that political correctness isn’t cultural medicine — it is cultural malpractice.
- In contrast, kindness and respect is not political correctness — it is human decency. I embrace that human decency is the cultural medicine that removes the roots that give rise to isms, and human decency makes futile attempts to enforce political correctness unnecessary. I therefore commit to replacing political correctness with kindness and respect.
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