A Fundamental Problem

I hear the voices of people of color crying out to us white folks to get our people together and I absolutely want to make this happen.

Based on personal experience, to accomplish the task, we run across many issues with reaching white Americans founded in Fundamentalist religions.

I grew up in this white Fundamental Christian world, in a state white folks colonized with the goal of founding a white utopia.

I know these folks, have lived among them my entire life, and still try on occasion to reach out to them and bring them forward. But mostly I am at a loss.

How do we change the mind set of people that have a belief system not based in facts and logic? People that literally believe the Earth is ~6000 years old and/or climate change is a hoax. Those that lack, or don’t exercise their critical thinking skills.

How do we change the mindset of someone who verbally abuses and/or gaslights you whenever you try? When sometimes all you physically can do is run away from the interaction that trips all the triggers of abuse you grew up with.

How do we teach people who are uncomfortable with self-introspection, to take the time to critically examine and reflect on their own words and actions? And to reflect on the behaviors of people they consider leaders?

How do we white folk actually accomplish the great task of changing the mindset of our close-minded brethren? Is it even possible when they suspect any source that does not align with their belief system, as elite propaganda??

And most importantly, how do we hold white folks living in denial accountable, when they don’t even believe reality?

Maybe we don’t…


The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present.

The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion.

As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.

We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Abraham Lincoln — 12.01.1862

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