This past week, I was in Vancouver with an amazing group of folks. Many were First Nations or mixed First Nations. We were all at a different place in our process for understanding how we have been colonized. With my co-leaders we compared the process of understanding oppression to the five stage grief.
At first there is denial. It may be what we tell ourselves as young folks, or believing the interpretations of those around us. Maybe, you assume that racism is not happening on a micro level or that it doesn’t effect you because you have a middle class job or live in an affluent area. You might hold on to the idea of meritocracy and believe that everything is equal, if only everyone worked equally as hard.
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