Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions for the Bring Race to the Table: An Exploration of Racism in the Pagan Community.
This anthology explores the topic of Racism and how Racism shows up in the Pagan community, as well as what we can do to recognize it and proactively work to change it by being consciously aware of race and privilege and actively applying that awareness to the Pagan community. We also examine cultural appropriation and its role in racism, and how we can approach issues of culture with conscious awareness that leads to genuine cultural exchanges instead of appropriation.
When I read that the jury in the Trayvon Martin murder trial had returned a verdict of "not guilty," my first thought was for all the mothers of black sons. Having raised a son, and as the Nonna of a grandson, I know that to raise a son in this culture is already a task fraught with difficulties and fears. I can only try to imagine how much more difficult it must be to do that job knowing, every minute of every day, that your son is also in danger simply because of the color of his skin.
My second thought was: ALEC which promoted the "Stand Your Ground Law" that was included in the instructions given to the Martin jury. George Zimmerman pulled the trigger that murdered Trayvon Martin, but ALEC, in my opinion, loaded the gun.
My third thought was for the impact that the Martin verdict and Stand Your Ground laws may have for the Pagan community. Even those of us who carry the privilege of white skin know that our religion makes us "the other" in the eyes of many Americans. Indeed, the the fundie Xian whackjobs are now engaged in a deliberate propaganda campaign aimed at further "othering" Pagans. One of the most pernicious things about Stand Your Ground laws is that they exonerate any murderer who can say that he felt "threatened." Supposedly, the threat must be "reasonable," but the Martin verdict shows just how elastic that standard is, especially when the aggressor is more privileged than the victim. One is reminded of Derrick Jensen's Fourth Premise: