I was in a seminar earlier on in the year with people from various racialised backgrounds and we were exploring tackling white supremacy. It was named several times and it really struck me the importance of white people accessing anger and rage at the injustices that are happening and have happened.
When white people aren’t accessing anger, it’s left to Black and Indigenous people and people of colour to do this work, which then leaves BIPOC labelled and judged as angry and reactive as a means of control and avoiding the issues.
Our anger and rage can mobilise us into action and I find being ”angry that,” rather than “angry at” supports me to direct anger in a grounded way. When I’m ‘angry that….’ I feel more connected to my pelvis and legs. When I’m ‘angry at ….’ I’m more in the upper part of my body.
I'm angry that so many young people are being killed in London (and other cities)
I'm angry that talking about colonialism and the harm it causes is not at the heart of our public discourse.
I'm angry that the glaciers are sliding into the sea
I'm angry that the trees are being devastated in the Amazon
I'm angry that indigenous people's lands have been taken from them and no reparations have yet come.
I'm angry that so much energy is put into policing, rather than supporting people and really tackling issues.
What about you? What are you 'angry that' ....?
Who are you going to speak to about this? Who will witness your anger? Who will support you to connect to your needs, the shared needs, and then get clarity on your next request to self or other?
This blog is part of the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2021