The word "gypsy" has been cropping up ALL OVER new age and hippie communities and we really need to learn about it!
This is not an attack, but an invitation to decolonize our thinking! I don't think most people who use this word actually know what it means, so we may be innocent in our ignorance, but we should still should learn! ☘
What does it mean if we are using a term that belongs to another race of people? What does it mean if we are making money off of a people that suffered genocide without giving anything back to them?
So far my method around this word has been to message people directly, and I kind of feel like I'm attacking and they seem to not know what to do, so my hope is to try to spread the word more organically and let the education unfold so we can all learn together. Questions and comments welcome!
I had visions of having this #decolonizingwitchcraft project always looking polished and sounding great but instead you get me, heart in hand in my pajamas! 🙄✌🏻
According to Wikipedia "A shamrock is a young sprig, used as a symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. The name shamrock comes from Irish seamróg [ˈʃamˠɾˠoːɡ], which is the diminutive of the Irish word for plant (seamair) and means simply 'little plant' or 'young plant.'"
I happened to be in San Francisco today and saw a lot of people wearing shamrocks and green.
I think it's *interesting* that Irish people were immigrants here but now plenty of descendants of Irish immigrants are anti-immigration and very racist towards brown and black immigrants to America. 🛳
I'm not Catholic, so I don't really have any feelings about Saint Patrick except that Christianity has historically been a brutal colonizing force.
I was woken up to my own colonizer mentality about Irishness by @your.Irish.connection (I was at her lecture all ready to find out about 'my culture'...) and now know it's not right to treat Irish identity like something that American descendants can just take. There needs to be a relationship of reciprocity--which means giving and listening as well as receiving.
What does this day mean *or not mean* to you?
Irish people were historically forced to leave Ireland in many different ways so there is Irish blood in people all over this world. And paganism in Ireland was forced a bit underground. I imagine a lot of people have complex feelings about Ireland as a result!