Numinous and Concrete
On Pagans and Privilege: PantheaCon 2013
To paraphrase priestess Crystal Blanton, we forget that, though we may be oppressed in one way, we are also the oppressors. We are complicit in a society that thrives on inequity. Unless we talk about privilege and how we are affected by it, and how we affect others by it, we will not be able to heal these wounds. We will, instead, keep making fresh cuts. Saying we are "colorblind" or "get along with everyone" or "love women!" or "love my gay friends!" doesn't mean we don't need to examine our privilege, and hear the ways in which we are still excluding people unconsciously, or upholding systems that oppress.
There is so much more to write, to think about, to do, to say and to not say. It is my wish that we continue these conversations in the coming years. Let's make this a long game, one in which we learn from each other, argue, listen, allow things to gestate and take action.
Elena Rose said on the panel: "Ally isn't something you are, it's something you do." Let's make this a long game. Together.
I give thanks to the Covenant of the Goddess, Temple of Wicca, and New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn suite and the People of Color Caucus suite for hosting this discussion at PantheaCon. I also give thanks to my panelists: Crystal Blanton, Elena Rose, Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, and River Higginbotham, and to everyone who participated in the discussion. You fill my heart with joy. I honor you.
* Christopher Bradford wrote this in 2011: http://heavenswithinearth.blogspot.com/2011/11/im-pagan.html
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Audio from this panel will be available on Elemental Castings sometime in March 2013.
T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected visionary and teacher of the magical and esoteric arts. The author of Kissing the Limitless and Evolutionary Witchcraft, she hosts the Elemental Castings podcast series, writes the blog Know Thyself, and has produced several CDs of sacred music. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!