Peering Through The Looking Glass

A blog post by LTAR’S Jermaine Reuben-Dominguez Gregory

I’ll begin with a proverb from Akan culture: “Woforo dua pa a na yepia wo” – It is when you climb a good tree, we push you.

Inspired by a wonderful article Hannah Cotton from BLM In The Stix shared with me (link posted below), I pondered thought itself. It’s a weird thing, ain’t it?

Thought. We all have our own in this world where in tandem we say “nothing is new under the sun”, but yet feel that we are experiencing something on an individual or group basis exclusive of others.

Take this dress for example. There’s two different colour pairs that the majority of people might see, and further, there’s likely other combinations of colours others would add.

Now, we can see and agree it’s a dress, right? I think a part of the problem is that due to the intersectionality of our lives, experiences, what we are and how others see us. We will see things differently, forming groups with those like minded as ourselves, which to some degree would our perceptions… explore that thought for yourself.

Imagine the dress colour is a metaphor for the filter through which your natural view of the world appears. That is the colour of your experience. It’s still a dress, remember that.

I feel a sentiment transcending racial boundaries and centering itself firmly on humanity, love and real empathy for other people. A synastry of one very tangible connection with any and all people who are fighting for humanity.

Here we are some 6/7 months later with an ever growing group of over 1000 people, a collective of individuals with their own backgrounds yet there is a shared understanding somewhat of what we are here for.

What do you aim to get out of being in a group like LTAR?

One Reply to “Peering Through The Looking Glass”

  1. remove the greatest difference among humans—race/color—and left are less obvious differences over which to clash, such as sub-racial identity (i.e. ethnicity), nationality, religion and so forth down that scale we tumble. (Add a contemporary deadly disease to the ugly equation for a really hateful fire.)

    Therefore, what humankind may need to suffer in order to survive the long term—indeed from ourselves!—is an even greater nemesis (perhaps a multi-tentacled ET?) than our own politics of difference, against which we could all unite, attack and defeat—all during which we’d be forced to work closely side-by-side together and witness just how humanly similar we are to each other.

    Before people of colour became the primary source of immigration to North America — notwithstanding aboriginal peoples, who were treated by far the worst — thick-accented Eastern Europeans, although considered to be ‘white’, likely were the primary targets of mean-spirited Anglo bigotry.

    Albeit no Stanley Milgram, I hypothesize that if the U.S. and Canada, for example, were to revert back to a primarily white populace, the Eastern European newcomers with a stereotypically thick Slavic accent (and foremost if also brown-eyed) would eventually again become the main target of the dominant Euro-Canadian ethnicity.

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