Something to Inspire

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“First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

~ Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 16 April 1963

Heart Centered Learning: Microagressions

Microaggressions are defined as the everyday, subtle, intentional — and often unintentional — interactions or behaviours that communicate bias toward historically marginalized groups.

The difference between microaggressions and overt discrimination, or macroaggressions, is that people who commit microaggressions are often not aware of them; but this does not mean that their impact is not incredibly harmful. You can learn more about this important issue through this short video. It is really well done and worth watching.