February 26: Fasting from White Supremacy and Racism: Microaggressions

Updated: Apr 1

Friday of the First Week of Lent

February 26, 2021

The first aspect of white supremacy and racism that I want to fast and abstain from for my Lenten practice (actually, the aim is to abstain 24/7/365 for the rest of my life) is working to avoid microaggressions.

Microaggressions are subtle words and/or behaviors that are often unconsciously said or done against our BIPOC* sisters and brothers to enforce that they are the “other” and don’t deserve our respect. Microaggressions are ways in which we subtly control others, telling them that they are not as good as us. We live in a culture that defines whiteness as the norm, and anything outside of that norm is considered less than or not worthy of being considered fully human. God made each of us as individuals. It is this individuality that expresses the supremacy of God in creation. Who am I to doubt the wisdom of God in making each of us different?

Dear God, you challenge us to see that all of our sisters and brothers are fearfully and wonderfully made. Help us to strengthen our relationship with your Son this Lent as we journey toward healing.

These reflections are meant to challenge us in our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

* Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

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