Showing posts with label The Sun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Sun. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Helpers - Dr. Anne Hallward

Psychiatrist Dr. Anne Hallward is interviewed in the January, 2019 issue of The Sun magazine. She is one of the helpers.

Dr. Hallward mentions Robin Diangelo's book White Fragility in answer to one of the questions she is asked about cultural bias.

Amoroso: Do you feel ashamed of your own cultural bias?
Hallward: Sometimes, yes. You know the truism: we always teach what we most need to learn. I’m ignorant in so many ways. I have blind spots shaped by racism, classism, elitism, straight privilege, and so on. But I trust myself to see my bias when it’s pointed out to me, to acknowledge it, to learn what I need to learn, and to undo it where I can. Punishing myself does not help. White people’s fear of being seen as bad — what Robin DiAngelo calls “white fragility” — fosters avoidance of the topic and therefore contributes to racism.
",,,avoidance of the topic ...contributes to racism."
Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. When white UUs apply this principle to the topic of racism they are less fragile than they might have been. Learning about the beliefs, values, and practices of white fragility helps sanctify the world and help people become holy.

Monday, November 5, 2018

What is an example of what the interdependent web of existence looks like?

The idea of rugged individualism is a myth pernicious in its consquences tearing the social fabric assunder. The idea that a single individual can pull him/herself up by his/her own boot straps is an illusion. We all need help whether we recognize it or not, acknowledge it or not, appeciate it and are grateful or not.
Here is a quote from Elizabeth Warren which appeared in the Sunbeams section of the November, 2018 issue of The Sun magazine.
"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. 
You built a factory out there — good for you. 
But I want to be clear: 
you moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for; 
you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; 
you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. . . . 
Now, look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or [you had] a great idea? God bless! Keep a hunk of it. 
But part of the underlying social contract is you take a big hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
Elizabeth Warren
From The Sun, November, 2018

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