I have noticed a disturbing trend lately, and maybe it is because of my white privilege that I've only started to see it recently, or maybe it is because of the new reality introduced by social media that I am seeing what people actually think and feel. I am noticing tons of racism and sexism within modern American paganism!! I mean, come on, really!!? A group of people that is generally seen as CRAZY-PANTS by dominant society still hold to inane concepts of superiority? Now, let me specify here: I haven't heard pagans say men are better than women, or whites are better than blacks, but that is not the current face of racism. Sexism still exists both overtly and covertly, though people tend to just think men are superior to women, instead of saying it out loud (and the backlash against certain feminist witch movements is a testament to this). Racism nowadays is hidden in social interaction. If you are a symbolic interactionist theorist then the modern era is your playground and you are reveling in the goldmine of data!
Wait, what?! I imagine if you're not a sociologist then everything I'm saying is mish-mosh to your ears. When we say we are not racist that is one thing, but when our society has underlying racism embedded in our laws and norms, then acting as we were socialized to act actually perpetuates the racism that we believe we are not a part of. Dizzying, I know! But what can we do to not be racist!? We can listen when people tell us that they are experiencing racism. We can pay attention when people tell us that #BlackLivesMatter, not because all lives don't matter, but because there is an experience happening (e.g. unarmed black men being killed by the police) that is rallying people to shout that Black Lives Matter! Meaning, the emphasis on black lives is to bring attention to the outrageous injustice that is currently happening.
As part of the Pagan community, and a practicing witch, I call out to my fellow magickal practitioners and ask that they start reflecting on their reality. We are a group that is not so far away from being condemned and burned, and now society is slowly allowing our religions into their laws. This transition is slow, and to our benefit no one knows we're pagan until we 'come out of the broom closet'. For others who are discriminated against whether they are out or not, this society is a constant reminder that injustice is alive and well in the land of the "free".