The YIN and YANG Dualistic Cycle of Racism

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Both white people of color must do the work to dismantle white supremacy.

White people may be the very physical representation of the color and the power that supremacy encompasses

But if white supremacy is an energy, we are all affected by it.

First think of the hologram- The mirror, or even the coin - it has two sides, it takes both sides for it to even exist. It’s the YIN and the YANG.

We will not get anywhere if we only focus on aspects of the Yang, which in this case is the masculine and the exterior

We must also focus on what the YIN is manifesting, which is the feminine, the interior, and how it has been normalized.

We have coined the manifestation of white supremacy for people of color as internalized racism.

That is good it’s a step. But to truly understand energy- When we ask something of the YANG, we must hold the balance of the YIN. This means truly holding that energy from within us as well.

So, it takes both steps – Demand change on the outside (YANG) and work to change our selves on the inside (YIN).

So that is where holistic accountability comes in. For us to hold our systems accountable we must also hold ourselves accountable.

As BIPOC as we call on others to wake up to racial injustice, we must also hold ourselves holistically accountable for where we may have internalized the racism and perpetuated an unjust system.

Here are some examples

- Colorism or Anti-Blackness within the black community and other communities of color

- Anti-blackness

- Chauvinism and Misogyny in communities of color

- Internalized female oppression

- Unbalanced authoritarianism

- Ethnocentrism against other people of color

You might wonder why some of these don’t comfortably fall into the box of racism and I would add that one of the arms of the white supremacy system is the trauma of the patriarchy and its many manifestations. I would argue even further that a system that is rooted on viewing people as capital property and creating inferiority complexes that are attributed to value is bound to create traumatizing expressions for those who are most vulnerable and because its energetic, those that are most vulnerable play a role in continuing to perpetuate the trauma, essentially stabilizing the system.

So going back to the YIN and YANG – The Hologram – The mirror

The hologram basically says that we all are a reflection of each other. When you work by the hologram, the duality- you are able to use what someone else is showing you to help you evolve.

When working the hologram, you have to know a few things

- The person is on their own journey , and the pain or experience is real, the process does not negate that.

- It is not about being right or wrong, it’s about what are you being shown

- You must be honest with yourself and not judge yourself

- Invite your higher self to help you work through this

Here are the steps to the practice