Fact versus Fear. Science versus Folklore.
Facts are principles and values which are known or can be proven. Fears have no basis in facts. Scientists gather facts. Space travel is now a fact, but what if everything you’ve ever known about yourself was not based on facts? If you learned that your legacy, your ancestry, and your very existence was all based on myth. A myth is a widely held but FALSE idea or belief. Would you rather hold onto the lie you have been taught?
The systemic racism we find in America’s education and housing did not happen by coincidence or accident. However, for a large number of the white majority, this was the first time they had seen the death of a Black man in a way that shook them to the core. 2020 has been the first year where white Americans faced the facts of their ancestral inheritance and the myths of racism.
The perfect American dream of raising 2.5 children and living in a just and civil society is a myth. The myth first came into question when the viral video of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery’s murder was released to the public on May 5th. Ahmaud was shot and killed on Feb. 23, but because one of Ahmaud’s assailants, Gregory McMichael, was a retired police officer he and his son Travis were not charged with a crime until the video was released. Recorded for their enjoyment, the McMichael’s and friend, William “Roddie” Bryan, told police they suspected Arbery had committed a series of break-ins. Although rumor has it, the video was already in police possession before being posted to social media. Fact: The rights and privileges of police brutality extend to retired, plain clothes, and off-duty police officers.
We don’t believe in miracles. We believe in steps. A bias is a preconceived notion, a notion is a learned condition based on your experiences. To unlearn a bias you’re going to have to make small changes on a daily basis. The eleven steps are daily exercises to help each person unlearn years of biased thoughts and actions.
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