I am a white, middle class British female yoga teacher living in France. I fit all the stereotypes, I am skinny, I have blonde hair and blue eyes.
I have always remained quiet during political unrest. I have chosen to not speak out. To choose love over hate. To consciously work on raising my vibration and the vibration of those around me. However, I cannot keep silent anymore. Having read @wildmysticwoman’s open letter to spiritual white women about white supremacy I am ashamed that I have remained silent for so long. I am ashamed that I have profited from the colour of my skin, that I have had a relatively unscathed life due to being born white, in the right place at the right time. I am ashamed that I have so much and yet I can still find something to complain about in my relatively perfect existence. I am ashamed that I have chosen to close myself away from the rest of the world in my little sanctuary of yoga where I don’t need to listen to the news or find out what is going on outside of my bubble because I’m ok, I’m doing the work and I’m serving other white people.
Layla (@wildmysticwoman) you have pricked my conscience and I cannot go on pretending white supremacy isn’t my problem because it’s not prevalent in my country, because I don’t live in America, because I’m not exposed to any racism, because I’m not racist. That my dear friends is the big problem. I am the problem. If I care so much about humanity and serving other people, then why the fuck am I not standing up for what I believe in, whether it’s on my doorstep or not? Why am I not sharing my opinion on social media? Why am I not saying this is unacceptable and I am ready to be of service in any way that I can be?
Because I’m a white middle class British female yoga teacher.
So I am going to challenge this stereotype. I am standing today and I am saying that this is unacceptable.
I will not remain silent anymore. I do not want my daughter to grow up in a world that accepts racism or hatred of any kind. If we all just sit and watch things unfold with the mentality that this isn’t my problem, I don’t know what I can do, I will offer peace and love to the situation then soon enough we won’t have a world to live in.
Stand up. Speak the truth for everyone to see. Become a leader for the future generation and join with the other leaders in saving our planet. We cannot go on with our heads in the sand, its time. Who’s with me? Firstly, share this blog post on your social media feeds. Secondly, read @wildmysticwoman’s letter here and sign up to receive Part 2. Thirdly, seek out where you can be of service to eradicate this hate.
The time is now. You are needed. Speak the truth with love and dignity and do not allow history to repeat itself. Love will conquer hate but we need to act now.