Sooo, I have this Facebook friend. Her names is Shakira (Kira) Williams and she is Jamaican. Apparently, Shakira is Arabic for ‘one who is grateful’. Pretty awesome. She lives up to her name, let me tell you. I’m not sure if it also means ‘one who is wise’, but it should.
I just have, have, have to share with you what she sent me after my What is Lost post, and parts of the conversation that ensued. I was so blown away.
I read your pose about not feeling guilty for having white skin….it wrenched my heart…but I really think I understand how you feel.
I wanted to travel to South Africa, but thought “will I be able to access certain facilities? or will it automatically be assumed that I would be a maid or nanny because of the colour of MY skin?”
It’s a shame anyone anywhere has to deal with this even now in the 21st century when we’re supposed to be evolving as a HUMAN race (the only race I recognise)
Even in Jamaica “out of many, one people” we have the same challenges.
I will never know what it is to have white skin. I have never known guilt over having black skin.
I guess I’m blessed.
You’re free now, so I guess you are too.
The history we know is the nature of humanity is base, we seek to separate ourselves from others, but therein lies the key to yoga, finding God, the Holy Spirit, the Atma, the Self (whatever people call it) inside and surpass separation, and find TRUE unity. Aren’t we blessed to know this?
I really wish this lovely had a blog (you hearing the hint, Kira?)
Can you imagine what else she might have to say? Namo namo namaha.