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Naomi was almost rolling on the floor when we were going through the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayer for the Supreme Court. There was all this conversation about what biases she would bring to the Supreme Court as a Latina. The statements themselves seem to imply that white men don’t come with any biases. Because her story was different from the story that has been accepted as the norm for what Supreme Court justices are, then her story was the biased one.


other” people and it has a that teach ages that we important to other”.


Naomi knows that even being aware of the privilege that you come with, you didn’t ask for it. The reality is – it’s there. And we also need to recognize that we each come with our own


baggage into these conversations, with our own particular perspectives and biases. Naomi says that is okay if you are willing to admit to it and claim that reality.


Coming from a place of privilege, where we never have to question our place, and voice in the world, the story gets to be the story of the dominant group. People aren’t aware they’re missing the rest of the story, so it becomes a comfortable way of living, this story is the story, and others might get added on to it. People of color don’t feel as though this is their community, as they feel they are visitors, you’re welcome but your story is not part of the whole story, it’s like an add on. Top stories of black involvement, in the story of U.S. history are still put aside to talk about in black history month, not in real history.


To take the steps towards conversa- tion takes courage for all people involved. For Naomi, the attempt to not talk about racism thwarts any real movement towards any type of healing, as you can’t heal from some- thing if you pretend it doesn’t exist. Although these conversations are difficult because they feel ashamed, or held responsible for the sins of the past, there’s no way to move forward if you don’t deal with the pain of the past. If we don’t have the discussion, we will all suffer.


Naomi feels we all have a choice of how we live in the world, and with the huge problems if we each take responsibility for the place we are in – try to make a change in the way of relationships in our own neighborhoods and country, it will spread to the whole world. It’s not all on one person – when we realize that we’re not all alone, we have a greater chance of making those differences. We can all do our part of ending racism, by looking at how we “other” others! It’s whenever we judge them, make ourselves better than them, and don’t take the time to listen to who they really are.


Kris Steinnes, spiritual leader, meditation teacher, and author, is the visionary founder of Women of Wisdom Foundation and for 18 years has produced a life changing, empowering conference for women in Seattle. She is the author of the Amazon best-seller, award winning boo: Women of Wisdom, Empowering the Dreams and Spirit of Women. Learn more at www.womenofwisdom.org


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