Collective Liberation

Hearts Out of Joint

My latest podcast for The Word Is Resistance wrestles with Jacob wrestling the stranger at the Jabbok and Jesus healing and feeding multitudes of people after learning his cousin John has been executed.  All of that as lessons and resources for white folk staying in the discomfort of confronting white supremacy (including in ourselves) and resisting reacting from “white fragility.”

What I mean is, when we wrestle with whiteness,
Perhaps we will come to realize
that “white” is not the name given to us by the Divine.

And it will hurt, to realize this.

It will hurt like a heart out of joint,
to stay awake and aware
To the harm white supremacy does every day,
How it shows up everywhere, all the time,
Including in us.

We will not be the same once we choose to wrestle,
Beside our own rivers,
In the liminal time between night and day.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s