‘When there was blood on the kerbstone
My white mother tried to protect me.
Sticks and stones did break my bones
But she still told me never to moan’
– A stanza from I Am Still Your Negro An Homage to James Baldwin by Vimalasara, voted one of the best poetry books of 2020 by CBC.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm EST for our next Dharma and Justice Dialogue. Vimalasara will be having a conversation with Kosen Gregory Snyder about why she is still talking to white people, offering the above quote as a frame for the evening.
Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote the best selling book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, and while this book continues to be critical in the conversation of race, systemic and institutional racism, there is the Black Voice that is still open to talking to white people. Some of us have white parents, white siblings, white lovers, and so while these relationships may be fraught with tension, perhaps this is the place where we can make change happen. I was told never to moan, now I reclaim my voice, and say hey white people let’s have a conversation.
Valerie Mason-John is the award-winning author of 9 books including I am Still Your Negro An Homage to James Baldwin. This summer 2021 her new edited anthology Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism and Beyond will be published by North Atlantic Books. She is a senior dharma teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community. And is a public speaker on mindfulness approaches for addiction and trauma. www.valeriemason-john.com
The program is offered by the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism.
*ASL interpretation will be provided!