To live in America is to be immersed in a culture that overvalues some people and undervalues others. We value people based on their rank, determined by age, disabilities, religion, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, indigenous ancestry, national origin, and gender (Leticia Nieto, Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment). We normalize these ranks and those who fall in the dominant groups do not recognize the oppression the “norms” cause.
Antiracism work requires us to confront these structural patterns we have believed since childhood. The work is not intended to shame. It is intended to transform. But it is hard work and some people will struggle with the change of ideologies more than others.
The Justice and Faith Collective can work with you to guide your community through the work of decolonization and transformation. You likely have about 20% of people who are ready to move forward with change, 60% who are open but questioning, and 20% who resist. Oppression is active today so we cannot wait for all to be ready. Justice & Faith Collective can help and we know that change is possible.