A crosspost with my another blog:The black seed.
The title of the blog comes from a Buddhist slogan: Cultivate the white seeds not the black ones. While I am quite aware that the intention of this expression has nothing to do with race. It is about cultivating positive attributes, thoughts, deeds,etc. However, when the professor offered this expression there was an awkward silence which she quickly filled by explaining exactly what the phrase meant. This did not stop my “friend” from looking at me with a pouty face as if to say ” sorry that you are a bad seed. Better luck next time.” Whether consciously or unconsciously religious sayings such as this one cultivates colorism. Dark is bad. Light is Good.
In the United States, color matters and there is no escaping that. Here, Black means bad or wrong and white is always right and pure.
One of my biggest pet peeves is religious expressions that uphold these ideas of Black as a negative. My mother has a problem with the “white as snow” metaphors in the bible. While I as a Black Neopagan can not stand terms like black magick / white magick or even worst is the Black witch/White witch bs. So, I can’t say I am a Black Witch without people thinking I am “evils” instead of just stating my race and faith…
I appreciate that Wiccans like Starhawk and many others have rejected these terms for various reasons.
Other than the racial implications, it is simply not a part of Wiccan philosophy to regard Black or dark as bad. Wiccans cast spells using all colors from light to dark. A Wiccan worships a Goddess whose common form is the Moon. The Moon Goddess is a Dark Goddess. She is the night and the darkness within us all. She is also the Earth Goddess that has deep dirty dark roots. In Wicca, the light and dark are equals and the mother loves both her dark and light seeds.
If only, all faiths can embrace the darkness and blackness. Escape the fear of the different, the unknown, the shadow and blackness.
In fact, We should all cultivate our black seeds…