Today, we may witness the ways in which we have been complicit in allowing the problems of the post-slavery era to exist, even while we were able to ignore their great cost to those of African-American descent. We did not know that the era of separation still lived fully within us, and that we were not really free of racism, we just did not see it.
We are at the beginning of a new era in this nation in our understanding of our collective history with respect to anti-Black racism. For centuries, most of us who are white have thought of race relations as a problem, and certainly have viewed with regret our history with respect to slavery. But we had not yet accepted it as ‘our’ problem, one that affected us intimately and in every detail of our life. Rather, it was ‘their’ problem, sad and unjust, but not affecting, for the most part, our personal sphere of concerns
This is changing now, because the border between ‘self’ and ‘other’ is changing, becoming less opaque, more permeable, and so we can no longer look at the abuse, or harm, or pain, or dispossession of any group of people as ‘other.’ We must turn toward it in this new time and see it as our own pain that needs to be healed.
This breakdown of the boundary between ‘self’ and ‘other’ will affect the underpinnings of racism in these United States of America, and will lead to the possibility for actual equality among all people, something that has not been possible to put into practice since the founding of this country. Now, we may witness the ways in which we have been complicit in allowing the problems of the post-slavery era to exist, even while we were able to ignore their great and ongoing cost to those of African-American descent. We did not know, but can recognize now, that the era of separation still lived fully within us, and that we were not really free of racism, we just did not see it.
Light Omega has been divinely guided to create a branch of its planetary purpose in order to uplift, heal, transform, and redeem this tragic and painful part of our history. As a start, we are bringing to the local community our hearts, our intentions, and our efforts as these shall emerge, to support the dismantling of injustice toward those of darker skin color, and to right the wrongs that have been created while we watched but did not see.
Reparations for Amherst is a grassroots organization and a place for us to begin to infuse the Divine energy of love and unity into this historic current of separation and dominance of one group by another. You will find in our calendar educational events that may help you learn more about this country’s past which is your own past, and the needs of the present that you may contribute to from your heart in order to help change take place.
We thank you for being here in this time of transition, and for helping to establish equity and justice among all people. From this foundation, all healing shall take place.
With blessings and deep gratitude — GurujiMa
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