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"In listening to the story of one, we learn about the condition of many. When we pay close attention, we learn that all stories are collective accounts of how forces including culture, history at large, have shaped our understanding of life" (Bernal et al 368)

Welcome to OurStoriesIWE.com
In contemplating how many people exist in the world and the lives they have lived, it is overwhelming to consider the wealth of truth that is held within the framework of our collective experiences. The concept of this web page is to create an ongoing conversation open to the discussion of race, ethnicity, religion, white privilege, and our struggle to connect with one another in a world where we are often largely isolated from the cultural experiences outside of our own.
"Liberation is the practice of love …It’s about that force that connects us all to one another as living beings,
that force that is defined differently by every spiritual belief system, but which binds us by the vision that there can be a better world and we can help create it."-Bobbi Harro
~May every post emulate compassion and respect for all people~
Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth, bear all thinks, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (Bible)

 

May 16, 2018

Reflection Week 4

I continue to build into my research

I had to write out my first problem statement

I navigate the problem of write privilege/fragility

I approached the problem from an autoethnographic lens using I

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It’s MLK Day and there’s a march in downtown,
And a recitation of his words of light;
I want to go, but I have made a promise
To step back and try to paint and write.
I’m torn, of course, because I want to “show up”,
To say “I get it” … even though I’m white.

Hesitantly...

Karen Vargas recalls a dream from 2007- the meaning of her dream was not revealed to her for several more years.

In her dream, she is standing amidst a pile of rubble. there is destruction all around her. Karen does not know where she is, or how she arrived there. She s...

Hot scorching sun and dried cracked earth,

       Being called forward for God's noble birth,

              Her name will will be Imara the protector of His grace,

                     She'll lead her people straight to God's h...

February 28, 2018

There are many important and urgent issues to attend to in this world and We are each by the light of Our lives called to connect to one another as truth bearers much like Shawn Wilson’s vision in his book "Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods"  where we a...

February 28, 2018

“In order to decolonize our minds…we must begin to surrender participation in whatever sphere of coercive hierarchical domination we enjoy individual and group privilege…To choose love is to go against the prevailing values of the culture” Bell Hooks

Leaving  The Circle...

February 28, 2018

I am heart pressed. I do not feel inspired. I feel heavy laden, burdened by stories of oppression that are so deeply embodied literally in their bodies. I feel disconnected from my own white body. Emptied out of any treasures I thought may lie therein seem now eaten aw...

February 28, 2018

 My professor texted me asking if she could share my Her Words poem as a bridge for our last class. I felt naked but I trusted her and said yes. My heart raced as I entered the classroom. There had been confusion I was told over my poem and email and it was decide...

February 28, 2018

                I had never heard of “white fragility” until a student mentioned it in class…a term defined by Robin Di Angelo as “a state in which even a minimal amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt...

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Thank you for your interest in OurStories.
This is a space where in relationship we move together through the difficulties we might have in telling Our Stories.This full rending of vulnerability sets us free from hiding our truths and invites others to disarm themselves in the presence of our willingness to risk being naked with our stories. We are looking for other Dreamers who may have a story, a poem, art work, or perhaps links they would like to submit for collaboration with the work that is being curated for our website. Feel free to drop us note... we would love to hear from you!

 
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