Fear of inversion

In reading ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’, this sentence struck me as having especially broad application.

It has always been about the redistribution of power rather than the inverting of it.

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Power is abused in all sorts of ways and those who have it are often desperate to cling to it – precisely because they fear what would happen if the tables were turned. Any time we find ourselves with power (which could be minor and only temporary – just a hi-viz vest can be transformative), we must conduct ourselves carefully – using it to serve and not to oppress.

Anti-racism is not placing shackles on someone else. It’s a restorative fight to put people on an equal footing. Nothing more.

Nothing less.


(Featured image by De an Sun on Unsplash)

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