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I’m saddenedly not terribly surprised by this. When I have spoken up about the lack of diversity in the communities that I am a part of, everyone answers me with blank stares, or points me to the (usually) lone POC in attendance. And as someone who has dealings with the lwa, it embarasses me to think there are Pagans out there who feel they have the right to judge which spirits are “good” and which ones aren’t, especially if they aren’t schooled in that tradition.

Winter Tashlin dot Com

This heartbreaking post about one person’s experience as a woman of color in the pagan community is a must read. I know it’s temping to assume that this sort of thing is rare or represents an outlier experience, but the reality is I’ve heard too many similar tales over the last several years for that to be a convincing self delusion. 

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A shaman who writes about spiritual things, but not in that namby-pamby "everything is light and fluffy" sort of way.

6 responses to “

  1. Fala

    I read the link from Winter’s blog. I just… I have no words for her experience, just sadness, anger, and shame for those who exhibit such behavior.

  2. Raven ⋅

    I concur with Fala.
    As a caucasian woman who deals with the African Diaspora a lot, I am ashamed that there is such a widespread community of people who cannot see that worship does not come from the skin, but from the heart and mind… and that these people otherwise pretend to tout love, equality, and acceptance, but feel none themselves.

  3. I didn’t get heavily invested in the Pagan community for similar reasons. 😦 For me it was mostly people who were dismissive of ATR practices but still used them without any nod to historical/cultural context. It felt appropriative. Also people made a few references to me being “closer to the earth” than they were. Which I guess is code for Black people are more jungle-like? Hell if I know.

  4. EVCelt

    That’s just awful. I would like to think that her experience isn’t typical… but I fear that it isn’t. Not because Paganism is particularly bad that way, just that we have the same range of eejits and insensitive lackwits that greater society also has. We should be better.

  5. Elizabeth ⋅

    I’ve run into that sort of thing with Asatruar/Heathens, once they find out my last name isn’t German, but Sanskrit. I’ve never faced the kind of BS the original poster wrote about, though, and it disgusts me that it exists in a community that pats itself on the back for being “diverse” and “tolerant.”

    I sometimes wonder: if I looked “more Asian” than I do, would I have experienced more of this sort of thing myself? I don’t necessarily want to know the answer to that, though 😛

  6. Eric S ⋅

    Well, it is well known heathens have the folkish and racist elements. I have not directly encountered them but then, I wouldn’t. I fit their stereotypes, at least outwardly.

    I also agree with EVCelt that we may just have the same percentages of morons as the rest.

    I can count on three fingers the number blacks I have seen in total and that is just one example.

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