More Quotes from the Common Bowl

Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.
~Vernā Myers

We have to change [and widen] our idea of what it means to be racist… When we understand racism as a system that we have been raised in and that its impact is inevitable, it’s really not a question of good or bad. It’s just, “I have it. I have been socialized into it.” And so, “What am I going to do about it?” is really the question… if you change your understanding, but you don’t do anything different, then you’re colluding.
~Robin DiAngelo

The thing that’s really slick about whiteness, if you will, is that most of the benefits can be obtained without ever doing anything personally… There are a whole set of assumptions that flow from being white, just like there are a whole set of benefits that flow from being male—you know, being a man doesn’t mean that you have antipathy toward women, but if society is patriarchal, which a lot of people say it is, it means that the way resources are distributed in society benefits men. In that sense, men are not innocent, even though they may not personally have antipathy toward women. In the same way, in that sense, whites are not innocent. They’re given the spoils of a racist system, even if they’re not personally racist.
~john a. powell

We must learn to live together as [siblings] or perish together as fools.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

Imagining someone else’s pain with too much surety can be as damaging as failing to imagine it… Empathy is always perched precariously between gift and invasion.
~Leslie Jamison

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
~Lilla Watson

You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the ocean in a drop

(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2022 Soul Matters materials for the theme Widening the Circle.)