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Empowerment and Love 4.    

Anti-racism and anti-sexism are dead ends. Fix-it policies, too.

The only way out of our racist nightmare is through it. Together. Whites from all classes will have to leave their cocoons of privilege, and allow blacks to begin leading them through it. If our blacks are not willing to do this, not capable of moving beyond their traumas, rage and despair, then there is, indeed, no way out.

The only way out of our sexist nightmare is through it together. Men of all colors and classes will have to leave their cocoons of privilege, and allow women to begin leading them  through it. If our women are not willing to do this, not capable of moving beyond their traumas, rage and despair, then there is, indeed, no way out.

Those less deaf and blind beginning to lead those more deaf and blind.

Both paths will require humility, forgiveness, and courage of unimaginable proportions. At this point only some of us can move toward those unimaginables. That is enough if, together, we are willing to be driven out of the wretched habits embedded in our minds and hearts.

Our dire need is to come together to drive each other out of the wretched entrenched habits of our minds and hearts so we can begin to hear each other. Then we can begin thinking together about what we need to do to make things work better.

Small groups change the world. Not “new” systems and structures. Those emerge from the talking and thinking together, and then help shape the behavior and thinking of the people in the group.  We have to give all of that the time it needs, since we don't know enough to determine it.

 

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