I’m in Atlanta, Georgia attending the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference this week. And today I am participating in a panel discussion on blogging and social media. That means I have a presenter sticker on my name tag and am traveling with all the electronic devices that I have at my disposal: my smartphone, an iPad, a laptop – all the markers of tech immersion. And yet because of how I happened to arrive and secure WiFi code for one device in one location and a different code for my devices in another location coupled with a charger handicap for my laptop, I am sitting here trying to write a blog post on the device least comfortable for long form: the smartphone.
This I can and will fix later but the irony is not lost on me.
My alarm is about to go off. I need to get going. But here is how I am going into the day:
- I am meditating on white supremacy.
- I’m thinking about the work that I did yesterday with Dr. Eddie Moore and Debbie Irving who led an all day workshop on the topic.
- I am thinking about what it means to name white supremacy not as the elephant in the room but as the room itself.
- And that’s a critical distinction.
- For many, even for me, that sounds so harsh, so comprehensive, so uncompromising, unyielding and therefore we don’t like to use it.
- And yet it reflects my experience, not always as a malicious force but simply as the reality we live in.
- Seeing it, naming it comes as a surprising relief, because I know what I’m facing, negotiating, working with and around.
This is how I’m going into the day: aware, awake, alive.
Because knowing white supremacy does not stop me, does not keep me from pursuing my aims, my dreams. On the contrary, I am ‘in it to win it’ and the more I know about the terms of engagement the better equipped I am to succeed.
So here I go. Watch me walk.