Every super hero starts out as a regular person.
The people we look up to once looked up to someone.
There are certain characteristics that make regular people exceptional: extreme intelligence, physical prowess, profound knowledge, healing and calming abilities, breathtaking talents.
Every hero goes through a training period, deals with some uncertainty or maybe the loss of their abilities.
Anti-Racist Super Heroes are born of regular people who take up the mantle of justice, and eventually eliminate enough distractions to finally take down our mortal enemy.
Our heroes once thought their hero was the strongest hero.
Here are the makings of the perfect anti-racist-hero:
#1. Outrage- a white guy who is righteously angry can’t really be beaten.
Anger and angst make the number one spot because they are fuel for a fight. The battle against racism is prolonged, and Racism will hold out until we lose steam.
Most guys (white guys) get angry over any perceived slight. Male anger is enabled by patriarchy. All men are encouraged to distance from their anger physically. Most of the time this anger flutters into maladaptive dissatisfaction. Hence, white men harboring anger is one of the most dangerous forces in our society.
The source of those angers can be many fold, and it’s up to individual men to discover the root of their own.
When used in anti-racism anger can be a wonderful outlet for the excess energy. Anti-Racist men are extremely powerful against other angry men. A social connection immediately lowers the guard. Until then the source of your anger can be used against you.
Any angst is an amazing unifying factor when it’s directed towards injustice. You’d be surprised what can be accomplished in no time.
#2. Passion- a white guy who is passionate about his path can craft all kinds of destruction for our Racist enemies.
Passions for a cause, for people, or a craft help bring esteem and acceptance, and eventually overcome the everyday struggles. Even if you aren’t an Angry Andy you can probably find some things that work you up and excite you.
Anger is much more destructive, but nine times out of ten, a passionate person can outwork an angry person. When the goal is to destroy racism or be destroyed this puts passion at a strong number two.
This movement’s goal is to destroy racism. When individuals work on aligning their passions with anti-racism it acts as a candle lighting the way for others. And under those circumstances, millions can be ignited together.
But be warned: passions can often be misguided or abused. Passion without meaningful work can lead to withdrawal.
Even a passion for people can lead to burnout, without enough people on board, our passions won’t be enough to overcome racism. Without the rewards of hard work a passion eventually dwindles and is easier for our racist enemies to extinguish.
#3. Wit- a white guy who’s willing to use his brains and his voice, together in the fight for justice.
The number three, top trait for any Anti-Racist Super Hero today has to be wit.
One major weakness of racism is that it is confined to the human brain. It disables our thinking and removes any sense of common good. It needs people to believe in it. Our Racist enemy has the upper hand of global platforms, and the power to speak up their beliefs.
A hero with wit, can verbally take down racists, faster than a speeding bullet.
You learned to be assertive and it won’t fail you here. Brains are the back bone of anti-racist action. And when we back up what we know with quick-fire responses rooted in real solutions then Racism crumbles. Seriously, without a backbone anti-racism won’t ever work.
If wit is your skill it’s important to know why you stand for your values. Values are nothing without legs to keep them running when the race gets thin. That’s the downfall with wit, when it runs dry we’ve got to have deeper anti-racist values to stand on to keep the anti-racist movement upright and moving forward.
You could be the hero we’re waiting for. Any combination of these basic traits makes a pretty good defense against Racism in battle. By embracing an Anti-racism practice into your daily life, you’ll discover new ways to use your natural skill and instinct to overcome.
Can you think of other ways to use them in Ant-Racist Practice? Read The Anatomy of a Super Hero, for more.
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