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Cultural Competence
For the historically privileged...For the historically marginalized...
7 - Humbly ask God to remove my/our shortcomings, while holding myself/ourselves accountable for growth to those I/we often negatively impact and while learning how to relate equitably across social identities.
7 - Humbly ask God to heal me/us from overexposure to systemic, structural or behavioral hostility, while holding myself/ourselves accountable to others seeking healing and while learning how to accept only equity in my/our dealings with others.
Brief Divergence in Process beginning with cultural competence is based on real differences in the harm done over time by supremacist logics and the systems erected to concretize them to one privileged versus one marginalized, one advantaged versus one disadvantaged under said systems.

Social identity - those aspects of ourselves by which we (1) self-identify, (2) may group or be grouped, AND (3) are often structurally materially advantaged or disadvantaged as a societal norm; such social identities include race, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, faith, class, or age (mostly social constructs), whereas they would not include superficialities like eye color, hair color, athletic skill, test scores, affiliations, or even more substantially, general personal narrative (except in instances when these lesser markers may be used as stand-ins for actual social identities).

7 - Builders of beloved community learn that their own instincts for equitable interaction have been misshapen over time, so they must develop accountability to and learn to trust the feedback of those most impacted by their efforts.
8 - Have made a list of persons who identify differently than me/us whom I/we had harmed (materially, economically, physically, psychologically, spiritually), am/are in a position of power or privilege to harm, or am/are in a position to aid in overcoming or removing structural impediments to equity, and have become willing to make amends or be of assistance to them all.8 - Have made a list of persons who are currently harming me/us and/or structural impediments to equity I/we encounter regularly, and have become committed to either improving those realities or eliminating them at the earliest possible convenience.
"Make amends" - set to right, even at one's own expense.

Structural Impediments - obstructions to equity not dependent on an individual actor's willfulness or intent; they include by are not limited to ways, means, rules, representation, sponsorship, information, insight, access, time, perceived value, and so on.

8 - Making amends starts with one's self. Builders of beloved community learn not to be paralyzed by the amount of pain their actions have caused. They must also look for structures that increase likelihood of doing harm in the future as well as opportunities to do good and leverage them in benefit to others.

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there are plenty of organizations and individuals doing training that helps develop cultural competence and offering services that speak with cultural competence. The following are a few of the ones doing most excellent work:

race forward – a place for training and consultancy around structural racial justice concerns

joe ward – consultant offering solutions to sundry justice-oriented communications needs

kinetics – firm offering justice-oriented digital communications and economic strategy

auburn seminary – a place for multifaith-rooted leadership development around justice issues


ella baker organizing model – graphic articulation by jamye wooten, online media consultant

the five rules of racial standing – father of critical race theory, derrick bell’s 1992 explanation of the terms on which people of color, black people in particular, are constrained to enter into public life in america, excerpted from his seminal volume Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism (BTW, they perfectly explain the Charles Barkley phenomenon.)

other resources:

ferguson syllabus

baltimore syllabus

charleston syllabus

lemonade syllabus

charlottesville syllabus

syllabus for white people to educate themselves