Systemic oppression began long ago. Historical systems of oppression unjustly benefit some and marginalize others, causing harm and preventing justice. Systems of oppression remain interwoven into all social systems, and tend to be invisible to those who benefit from such systems.
Systems of oppression span many issues such as racism, white supremacy, colonialism, genocide, gender trauma, abuse of power, prison industrial complex, medical industrial complex, extractive capitalism, extinction of species, plunder of the earth's resources, food scarcity, and lack of access to clean water.
At the root, systemic oppression is about disconnection from our essence, our human dignity, and the sacred nature of life and our earth. This fundamental disconnection is harmful for all beings, and is a symptom of trauma.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
As a white-bodied woman, I receive unearned privilege within systems of oppression and domination.
Being the change I wish to see requires:
My ongoing commitment is to increase my capacity to perceive oppressive systems which shape the spaces I inhabit, speak to what I see, and act in ways that contribute energy towards living systems that benefit everyone and contribute to undoing collective trauma-fueled systems of oppression.
“A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”
― Madeleine L'Engle