The Rich and Powerful Created the ‘White’ Race to Divide and Control Everyone Else

It’s white people’s jobs now to reconnect with our ancestral roots and join in the struggle for collective liberation.

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“My ancestors came to Virginia as indentured laborers in the 1600’s,” Dean writes. “Yet prior to their arrival they did not call themselves white. They were English commoners who resided in rural villages and held cultural practices and forms of folk Christianity that were distinct from those of the aristocracy. Celebration was central to their culture and their calendar was filled with saints’ days. Many were regional and involved particular festivities and ceremonies to honor local sites in nature that had been held sacred since time immemorial.

Reconnecting to this history, to our roots that are deeper than whiteness, allows us to quell feelings of shame with meaningful self-understanding. It also allows us to recognize that our survival in this increasingly unequal and polluted world depends on our ability to ally ourselves with indigenous people and people of color.”

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