Pagan Cultural Diversity ……because I am a Goddess too.

I recently read a post in The Wild Hunt about the AFA (Asatru Folk Assembly) members that were “outed” by a reporter at the National Policy Institute National Conference. While there is plenty of information currently on the internet giving details about this particular incident, I don’t think there is anyone speaking directly about how these types of occurrences translate to those of us minorities reading the comments of others inside of our community. If you want the particulars, I say read the Wild Hunt blog for direction on where to find them. That is not my focus….

I was directed to this particular post yesterday. In reading through this post I initially had to take a moment to center myself and then think again about what this means to me. It means a lot and nothing at all, simultaneously.

I have no judgment about the Asatru path and do not think that a few people of any organization can represent the whole of the organization. My judgments started to appear when I began reading the post of people who were responding to the information that The Wild Hunt provided. I read comments that ranged from comparing the AFA to native Americans, references about Blacks having the “high crime rates” and even references to superior race. One comment in particular referenced the deconstruction of the white race and “doing it for our little black, brown and yellow brothers and sisters!”.

I think it is important for any story to outline the back story before proceeding and that is my intention here. Regardless of whether or not the AFA has a leaning towards white pride tactics or not, the harm done to the Pagan community and our minority Pagans is clear with these statements.

Let’s be really clear; I am a Black Woman who is a Wiccan High Priestess. I am no ones “little black, brown or yellow sister”. Regardless of your thoughts on race, have some respect or at least pretend to. We walk a spiritual walk on this land and take for granted the very power that we have and the power that we borrow from others. How often people forget that we are all traced back to East Africa where the Mitochondrial Eve originated. Migration and genetic mutations helped to create races of people that we can now use to separate from one another.

I do not understand how we arrived at the concept that European Heritage meant Caucasion or White instead of those who are from a particular geographic area. Technically I have European Ancestry inside of me that connects to the “nettlers” in Europe… and thus my maiden name. I probably have numerous ancestors that are “whiter” than those who are pushing a white separatist agenda; that would probably be pretty upsetting to reveal. Can I not worship my family traditions with those of my ancestry, even with my Black face? Are we playing the “who was here first” game of spirituality? How could we possibly decipher who’s connections to a piece of land are more valid than the others?

My heritage cannot be defined by the labels that people would like to put on me. The walk of a Black person is far more complex than any set of characteristics or a geographic area. I know that I have been a Priestess all my life, through space and time, all the way back to the originator of all women. I know that my Black face is a reflection of hers and it is unsettling to see people disrespect that so freely, without a real understanding of how they are also disrespecting themselves and their own lineage. In Luisah Teish’s poem Multicolored Mama it says “I will not wear your narrow racial jackets, As the blood of many Nations runs sweetly through my veins”.

You don’t have to call me a Nigger to be a racist. You don’t have to be exclusive to practice prejudice. You can make statement that promote a tone of non-acceptance, elude to privileges or superiority, hide behind statements of “pride” and it is still racism. It is painful, hurtful and causes harm to all of those around. You can devalue other races and act as if it is not racist, but it is. You can act as if racism is not prevalent in society today or that it is not a factor, but it is.

It is exhausting hearing statements that refer to the “unfairness” of Blacks and Hispanics celebrating their pride, as if this is not addressing the social and societal disparity that exists. One of the comments on the blog so elegantly stated, “Every day is European heritage day. In fact, tons of people are proud of being varying types of European all the time, taking great pride in it without any fear. A huge part of our cultural knowledge and educational curriculum is Europe-centric by default, even if it’s increasingly in the past.”

As the Pagan community continues to have an influx of people practicing the ways of the Gods, we will continue to see more diversity in the faces around the circle. Everyone has the right to be prideful and I actually encourage that but let’s not pretend that it is the same thing. Pride does not separate you from others and is not intended to rate importance. Pride is a true understanding of those parts of yourself that you acknowledge, value, honor and respect. Pride allows you to show that same respect to other people regardless of the texture of their hair or the hue of their skin. Pride equals self love and in turn, the ability to extend love to others. Hate is just hate and is not directly related.

Moments like this are revealing in many ways. They show why minority Pagans are less apt to come to the forefront and join community, why there is so much fear and why venues like Daughters of Eve are so damn important. We show a balance, a face of Paganism that looks different and yet looks exactly the same… all at the same time.

I hate reading hate, especially internally within the Pagan community, but I know that this reality is something that we must face in order to heal and open the doors to understanding.

Multicolored Momma
Originally printed in Jambalaya by Luisha Teish

My sweet coffee skin
Hold secrets in its shade,
Whispers silent warning
To a black and white world

Do not box me in
In your narrow racial jackets,
Too tight to move in,
Too thin to wear.

My brown pores bleed
With the sweat of many nations,
Generations of colors
Ooze down my arm.

My Bantu behind
Plays the drums of dancing griots,
Telling stories with my sway
Singing songs with each step.

My high Choctaw cheekbones
Love the Mississippi Delta.
Remembers Running Cloud’s daughter
And the Red Man gone.

My breast angle ‘round
Like the dark gypsy wenches.
Crescent moons touch my belly
Silver slithers on my throat.

My almond eyes sparkle
To the sound of Eastern jingles
Glass chimes dress my eyelids
Tinkling bells kiss my brow.

My dirty red hair
Speaks of crazy Cajun cousins,
Talks of faire Creole ladies
And their dark Spanish men.

My Tibetan thighs open
And the Red Sea splits.
My soft lips part
Between Dahomey and Brazil.

My sweet coffee skin
Holds secrets in its shade,
Whispers silent warnings
To a black and white world.

I will not wear
Your narrow racial jackets
As the blood of many nations
Runs sweetly thru my veins.

  • Mrs. Ebonee

    I remember *once* having the Astura(sp) discussion aend quickly left before I said something that wouldn’t have been very nice…I particularly have no problem with the faith just some ppl’s mentality towards it. It reminds me so much of Hilter’s stance on who is more “superior”…and I really dislike knowing that even in this day and age we atill have ppl thinking it’s ok to think this way to our fellow sisters and brothers. But alas. I am not surprised because there are so many unjustices in the world that I am just more drawn to stay in the solitary state than to branch out.
    I know for a fact that when ppl of color, and even some without” would meet ppl of thjat mind state (regardless of the path) at the beginning of their walk of faith it would turn them off towards branching out or even coming out the ‘closest’ in fear of unjust remarks. And this should not be the case.
    I love that you have chosen this poem I haven’t heard it in quite some time but it rings so true to the multi-culteral linage of a person of color.

  • Mrs. Ebonee

    I remember *once* having the Astura(sp) discussion aend quickly left before I said something that wouldn’t have been very nice…I particularly have no problem with the faith just some ppl’s mentality towards it. It reminds me so much of Hilter’s stance on who is more “superior”…and I really dislike knowing that even in this day and age we atill have ppl thinking it’s ok to think this way to our fellow sisters and brothers. But alas. I am not surprised because there are so many unjustices in the world that I am just more drawn to stay in the solitary state than to branch out.
    I know for a fact that when ppl of color, and even some without” would meet ppl of thjat mind state (regardless of the path) at the beginning of their walk of faith it would turn them off towards branching out or even coming out the ‘closest’ in fear of unjust remarks. And this should not be the case.
    I love that you have chosen this poem I haven’t heard it in quite some time but it rings so true to the multi-culteral linage of a person of color.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lydia.m.n.crabtree Lydia M. N. Crabtree

    Well said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lydia.m.n.crabtree Lydia M. N. Crabtree

    Well said.

  • http://twitter.com/balancedwitch thebalancedwitch

    Well said!  Proud to have you as my mentor and High Priestess.

    • Crystal Blanton

      The honor is mine!

  • http://twitter.com/balancedwitch thebalancedwitch

    Well said!  Proud to have you as my mentor and High Priestess.

    • Crystal Blanton

      The honor is mine!

  • BlackLotuz

    I don’t know if i’m really feeling the quote:“Every
    day is European heritage day. In fact, tons of people are proud of
    being varying types of European all the time, taking great pride in it
    without any fear. A huge part of our cultural knowledge and educational
    curriculum is Europe-centric by default, even if it’s increasingly in
    the past.”As far as i’m concerned everyday is African day since we are all African. All magical systems will find their roots in North and East Africa. What is called Wicca or Magic today, was a spiritual practice and way of life for my African ancestors. The cultural knowledge and educational curriculum is  Europe-centric, but it’s based on stolen Afrocentric teachings, even if they would like to think different. All one has to do is to look at the dollar bill and you will see an African presence. There was a time when everybody Greeks, Asiatics etc, came to a place call Kemet to learn. It is from this place that magic/wicca will find it’s roots. I’m not trying to pretend i’m “European” and that somehow I should be lucky to be apart of the pagan community, I am simply reclaiming what was lost. And I don’t apologive for being Black and Pagan. Love and Light

    • Crystal Blanton

      greetings.  I think the point in the quote is to counter act the concepts that it is unfair that blacks have a black history month and hispanics have….. It is referring to the way that society and the recording of history have made it a very europe-centric society.  I have heard people say “if white people had a tv station like blacks have BET, it would be a problem”.  To which I have heard (and agreed) with the responses that “they do!!  They have ABC, NBC, etc.”  Same concept.  Thanks for your post!

  • BlackLotuz

    I don’t know if i’m really feeling the quote:“Every
    day is European heritage day. In fact, tons of people are proud of
    being varying types of European all the time, taking great pride in it
    without any fear. A huge part of our cultural knowledge and educational
    curriculum is Europe-centric by default, even if it’s increasingly in
    the past.”As far as i’m concerned everyday is African day since we are all African. All magical systems will find their roots in North and East Africa. What is called Wicca or Magic today, was a spiritual practice and way of life for my African ancestors. The cultural knowledge and educational curriculum is  Europe-centric, but it’s based on stolen Afrocentric teachings, even if they would like to think different. All one has to do is to look at the dollar bill and you will see an African presence. There was a time when everybody Greeks, Asiatics etc, came to a place call Kemet to learn. It is from this place that magic/wicca will find it’s roots. I’m not trying to pretend i’m “European” and that somehow I should be lucky to be apart of the pagan community, I am simply reclaiming what was lost. And I don’t apologive for being Black and Pagan. Love and Light

    • Crystal Blanton

      greetings.  I think the point in the quote is to counter act the concepts that it is unfair that blacks have a black history month and hispanics have….. It is referring to the way that society and the recording of history have made it a very europe-centric society.  I have heard people say “if white people had a tv station like blacks have BET, it would be a problem”.  To which I have heard (and agreed) with the responses that “they do!!  They have ABC, NBC, etc.”  Same concept.  Thanks for your post!

  • http://kauko-niskala.blogspot.com Kauko

    The whole comment section following that post was pretty disheartening and descended into being ridiculous. I was relieved when Jason locked the whole post from more comments. There were a lot of comments by people who I’ve never seen before who were clearly sympathetic to white power/ white supremecist ideologies. Those I just have to shake me head and move on. There are also some regular Wild Hunt commenters who were active on that thread who have demonstrated over and over whenever the discussion veers toward race that they just don’t get race or racism. They seem to be under the delusion that when it comes to those things, all things are equal. They either cannot or are unwilling to see how there are real inequalities in power, privilege etc that make things far more complex than the overly simplistic picture they want to make the world out to be (for example, one commenter has repeatedly made statements to the effect that while Native Americans may have gotten a bad deal over the last centuries, hey they’ve done some violent, bad stuff too, so that evens things out with the Europeans…). Personally, I stayed away from the whole thread because it’s gotten to the point with some of the commenters that trying to change their minds on issues of race etc is like beating your head against a wall.

  • http://kauko-niskala.blogspot.com Kauko

    The whole comment section following that post was pretty disheartening and descended into being ridiculous. I was relieved when Jason locked the whole post from more comments. There were a lot of comments by people who I’ve never seen before who were clearly sympathetic to white power/ white supremecist ideologies. Those I just have to shake me head and move on. There are also some regular Wild Hunt commenters who were active on that thread who have demonstrated over and over whenever the discussion veers toward race that they just don’t get race or racism. They seem to be under the delusion that when it comes to those things, all things are equal. They either cannot or are unwilling to see how there are real inequalities in power, privilege etc that make things far more complex than the overly simplistic picture they want to make the world out to be (for example, one commenter has repeatedly made statements to the effect that while Native Americans may have gotten a bad deal over the last centuries, hey they’ve done some violent, bad stuff too, so that evens things out with the Europeans…). Personally, I stayed away from the whole thread because it’s gotten to the point with some of the commenters that trying to change their minds on issues of race etc is like beating your head against a wall.

  • Anna Greenflame

    It makes my jaw drop wide open with shock and dismay to think of this kind of racism, and racist comments, present in our Pagan community. 

    So, yes, well said, well said indeed.

  • Anna Greenflame

    It makes my jaw drop wide open with shock and dismay to think of this kind of racism, and racist comments, present in our Pagan community. 

    So, yes, well said, well said indeed.

  • Kellie

    Racism is ignorance, that leads to fear, that leads to hate. In short to be racist is to be very uneducated and so selfish that you cant even imagine for one second that being different should be celebrated!
     I LOVE that poem by the way! It was so moving!

    • Christopher NS

      Racism is fear, period.  And Tru Folk have no need of baseless fear.  Historically, and today, our strength lies in how we get on with our neighbors.  Only today, those neighbors are often closer than they once were; that’s the only difference.  (In case it isn’t clear, that’s me basically agreeing with you, then taking it a small step further.)

  • Kellie

    Racism is ignorance, that leads to fear, that leads to hate. In short to be racist is to be very uneducated and so selfish that you cant even imagine for one second that being different should be celebrated!
     I LOVE that poem by the way! It was so moving!

    • Christopher NS

      Racism is fear, period.  And Tru Folk have no need of baseless fear.  Historically, and today, our strength lies in how we get on with our neighbors.  Only today, those neighbors are often closer than they once were; that’s the only difference.  (In case it isn’t clear, that’s me basically agreeing with you, then taking it a small step further.)

  • Christopher NS

    Just wanted to say, the statement you made about pride toward the end, was absolutely spot on.  I loved it, and will probably be “stealing” it for future use.  And for the record, I am actually a member of the AFA, and your words actually ring true for me.  So, make of that what you will.

    In a small defense against the “every day is Europe day” thing, though — and yes, I’ve seen it come up over and over again, both ways — the truth is that, much like you distinguished “European” from “white,” much of the perceived Euro-centrism is superficial, or centered on a false view of Europe.  Consider, for example, that we are still teaching Roman views of the “barbarian” peoples in our schools — so apparently my Gaulish ancestors were poor, dirty, bloodthirsty, and ignorant.  They actually were, of course, the very opposite.  So the truth, as it were, lies somewhere between the two attitudes.

  • Christopher NS

    Just wanted to say, the statement you made about pride toward the end, was absolutely spot on.  I loved it, and will probably be “stealing” it for future use.  And for the record, I am actually a member of the AFA, and your words actually ring true for me.  So, make of that what you will.

    In a small defense against the “every day is Europe day” thing, though — and yes, I’ve seen it come up over and over again, both ways — the truth is that, much like you distinguished “European” from “white,” much of the perceived Euro-centrism is superficial, or centered on a false view of Europe.  Consider, for example, that we are still teaching Roman views of the “barbarian” peoples in our schools — so apparently my Gaulish ancestors were poor, dirty, bloodthirsty, and ignorant.  They actually were, of course, the very opposite.  So the truth, as it were, lies somewhere between the two attitudes.

  • http://mullenkamp.wordpress.com Zaratha

    I can’t say that I’m terribly surprised by the fracas that broke out in the comments on that Wild Hunt post, because it’s the same thing that happens every time race comes up on that blog. But I feel Jason Pitzl-Waters is one of the few white Pagans that really “gets it” with regard to race and privilege and I’m glad he uses his platform to report on these matters and spark these conversations, no matter how butthurt his commentariat gets about it at times.

    The basic problem we have as black Pagans and Pagans of Color dealing with our white counterparts is the same basic problem we have in mainstream society: white Pagans on the whole do not understand or particularly care about deconstructing Whiteness as a concept, nor do they think race has anything to do with them. Race and social justice become mere abstract “political” issues that have no place in spirituality. They compartmentalize it because their privilege affords them the right to do so.

    I very rarely comment on Wild Hunt anymore on race stories, because I got exhausted trying to do anti-racism 101 every time, fighting with color-aroused fools like Norse Alchemist and his ilk who seem content to wallow in ignorance and privilege. I don’t think it’s entirely coincidental that every time these issues come up on Wild Hunt you see the same rogues gallery spouting White Privilege Bingo talking points. The one thing that heartened me about that thread is that finally it seemed like white allies stood up to call bullshit in a powerful way. Sadly, that’s how low the bar is–standing up against blatant white supremacy. Cultural appropriation and the like…that’s where they can’t really connect the dots, probably because it hits too close to home; they’re the “good” white people, right? They don’t use the N word or fly rebel flags. They can easily distance themselves from the white power yahoos, but when the racism is more insidious…heh. But isn’t that always the case with this stuff? Pagans are really no different.

    The walk of a Black person is far more complex than any set of characteristics or a geographic area.This is some powerful truth right here. After all, we are a people that were deliberately severed from our ancestors and traditions. I have a blog post of my own percolating about this, in the context of feeling some unease at the emerging response to the “DC40″ movement and the borderline nationalistic rush to lift up the Goddess Columbia.

  • http://mullenkamp.wordpress.com Zaratha

    I can’t say that I’m terribly surprised by the fracas that broke out in the comments on that Wild Hunt post, because it’s the same thing that happens every time race comes up on that blog. But I feel Jason Pitzl-Waters is one of the few white Pagans that really “gets it” with regard to race and privilege and I’m glad he uses his platform to report on these matters and spark these conversations, no matter how butthurt his commentariat gets about it at times.

    The basic problem we have as black Pagans and Pagans of Color dealing with our white counterparts is the same basic problem we have in mainstream society: white Pagans on the whole do not understand or particularly care about deconstructing Whiteness as a concept, nor do they think race has anything to do with them. Race and social justice become mere abstract “political” issues that have no place in spirituality. They compartmentalize it because their privilege affords them the right to do so.

    I very rarely comment on Wild Hunt anymore on race stories, because I got exhausted trying to do anti-racism 101 every time, fighting with color-aroused fools like Norse Alchemist and his ilk who seem content to wallow in ignorance and privilege. I don’t think it’s entirely coincidental that every time these issues come up on Wild Hunt you see the same rogues gallery spouting White Privilege Bingo talking points. The one thing that heartened me about that thread is that finally it seemed like white allies stood up to call bullshit in a powerful way. Sadly, that’s how low the bar is–standing up against blatant white supremacy. Cultural appropriation and the like…that’s where they can’t really connect the dots, probably because it hits too close to home; they’re the “good” white people, right? They don’t use the N word or fly rebel flags. They can easily distance themselves from the white power yahoos, but when the racism is more insidious…heh. But isn’t that always the case with this stuff? Pagans are really no different.

    The walk of a Black person is far more complex than any set of characteristics or a geographic area.This is some powerful truth right here. After all, we are a people that were deliberately severed from our ancestors and traditions. I have a blog post of my own percolating about this, in the context of feeling some unease at the emerging response to the “DC40″ movement and the borderline nationalistic rush to lift up the Goddess Columbia.

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  • Asimaiyat

    Ugh, I’m so sorry about all the ugly comments people made. IDK, for me, a big part of my Pagan faith is believing that all cultures ought to be valued, celebrated and listened to, because deity speaks to us all in different ways and you can only see a small part of deity if you don’t have respect for all the other ways out there. I know everyone has their own beliefs, but I find it frustrating that so many other white pagans think they can reconcile Pagan beliefs with unexamined racism and white supremacy.

  • Asimaiyat

    Ugh, I’m so sorry about all the ugly comments people made. IDK, for me, a big part of my Pagan faith is believing that all cultures ought to be valued, celebrated and listened to, because deity speaks to us all in different ways and you can only see a small part of deity if you don’t have respect for all the other ways out there. I know everyone has their own beliefs, but I find it frustrating that so many other white pagans think they can reconcile Pagan beliefs with unexamined racism and white supremacy.

  • Aine

    The reason I started studying pre-Christian Celtic culture and spirituality was because of a Chicano ethnic studies class (the one they are trying to get rid of in AZ).  Our teachers taught us that our heritage was important and that we should reclaim it with pride and understand how our ancestral knowledge applied today.  Before I took those classes I bought into the ‘white people suck’ way of thinking that was common in the AP students at my school.  Now I’m proud of my culture and heritage.

    I got sick of reading the hate comments on the Wild Hunt a few weeks/months ago.  I usually don’t read the comments anymore for that reason.

  • Aine

    The reason I started studying pre-Christian Celtic culture and spirituality was because of a Chicano ethnic studies class (the one they are trying to get rid of in AZ).  Our teachers taught us that our heritage was important and that we should reclaim it with pride and understand how our ancestral knowledge applied today.  Before I took those classes I bought into the ‘white people suck’ way of thinking that was common in the AP students at my school.  Now I’m proud of my culture and heritage.

    I got sick of reading the hate comments on the Wild Hunt a few weeks/months ago.  I usually don’t read the comments anymore for that reason.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thorncoyle T Thorn Coyle

    Crystal, thank you so much for writing this very potent and necessary piece. I’ve been spreading it in my networks all morning!

  • http://profiles.google.com/thorncoyle T Thorn Coyle

    Crystal, thank you so much for writing this very potent and necessary piece. I’ve been spreading it in my networks all morning!

  • http://twitter.com/Mjausson Apel Mjausson

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. I too was taken aback by the vitriol and willfully unexamined privilege in the comments on that piece.

    For the record I’m North-European and only arrived on these shores a few years ago. The comment you quote “Every day is European heritage day.” matches my experience here. Just look at the market place — you can sell anything for at least 10% more if you call it “European”. What’s up with that? And as another commenter pointed out, a lot of it is faux European. Like “Tuscan” houses with window shutters that don’t close, just to mention one example. I think that some of my fellow Caucasian Pagan sisters and brothers are very vested in being victims. That’s not an excuse but I think it explains some of the BS.

    • Christopher NS

      It is largely a “victim” complex, you’re right, although it isn’t entirely unfounded.  The trouble is, many fail to realize it is self-imposed — that a cadre of our more recent ancestors are responsible for the loss of our connection to our more ancient, and for adopting the values and ethics responsible for much of our darkest days.  A return to values of mutual freedom, joy, and hospitality can only do us good.

      Once we manage to strip away the baggage of a thousand years, forget the “race” lie of the “enlightenment” era, and squeeze out the ones who would usurp our holy ways for their own misguided purposes (ie, the supremacists), hopefully we can put the nonsense behind us.  To put it in liturgical terms, clearly the acceptance of Aegir and Skadhi (for examples) among the Aesir is a clear sign the Gods themselves do not participate in the sort of bigotry that mankind does.

  • http://twitter.com/Mjausson Apel Mjausson

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. I too was taken aback by the vitriol and willfully unexamined privilege in the comments on that piece.

    For the record I’m North-European and only arrived on these shores a few years ago. The comment you quote “Every day is European heritage day.” matches my experience here. Just look at the market place — you can sell anything for at least 10% more if you call it “European”. What’s up with that? And as another commenter pointed out, a lot of it is faux European. Like “Tuscan” houses with window shutters that don’t close, just to mention one example. I think that some of my fellow Caucasian Pagan sisters and brothers are very vested in being victims. That’s not an excuse but I think it explains some of the BS.

    • Christopher NS

      It is largely a “victim” complex, you’re right, although it isn’t entirely unfounded.  The trouble is, many fail to realize it is self-imposed — that a cadre of our more recent ancestors are responsible for the loss of our connection to our more ancient, and for adopting the values and ethics responsible for much of our darkest days.  A return to values of mutual freedom, joy, and hospitality can only do us good.

      Once we manage to strip away the baggage of a thousand years, forget the “race” lie of the “enlightenment” era, and squeeze out the ones who would usurp our holy ways for their own misguided purposes (ie, the supremacists), hopefully we can put the nonsense behind us.  To put it in liturgical terms, clearly the acceptance of Aegir and Skadhi (for examples) among the Aesir is a clear sign the Gods themselves do not participate in the sort of bigotry that mankind does.

  • Valorie Thompson

    Everyone should be proud of themselves. It’s unbelievable the amount of hate you find everywhere, even within the pagan community. You would think there would be more understanding, acceptance, and love for your fellow human beings. Your heritage and skin tone are important, but it’s not a competition. Most everyone has mixed heritages. White, black, or yellow mean nothing. It’s the diversity of everyone that should be celebrated. 

  • Valorie Thompson

    Everyone should be proud of themselves. It’s unbelievable the amount of hate you find everywhere, even within the pagan community. You would think there would be more understanding, acceptance, and love for your fellow human beings. Your heritage and skin tone are important, but it’s not a competition. Most everyone has mixed heritages. White, black, or yellow mean nothing. It’s the diversity of everyone that should be celebrated. 

  • ZL Simone

    Well said Crystal am so glad I saw your eloquent post.  So much more discussion and awareness is needed in all our various communities.  I have seen the lack of awareness impede real communication and cohesion, sometimes tearing them apart – while not being able to understand the quiet little insidious problem for what it is.  Am sharing this in my community for greater dialog.  Thanks so much.   

  • ZL Simone

    Well said Crystal am so glad I saw your eloquent post.  So much more discussion and awareness is needed in all our various communities.  I have seen the lack of awareness impede real communication and cohesion, sometimes tearing them apart – while not being able to understand the quiet little insidious problem for what it is.  Am sharing this in my community for greater dialog.  Thanks so much.   

  • Anonymous

    Well, White people are, well, White, pagan or not.  That mess is the reason why I have little to nothing to do with my local pagan community.  The level of averse racist cluelessness is repellent.

  • Anonymous

    Well, White people are, well, White, pagan or not.  That mess is the reason why I have little to nothing to do with my local pagan community.  The level of averse racist cluelessness is repellent.


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