If you’ve posted memes, articles, or thoughts regarding system racism in the last few months, you may have been accused of “stirring the pot”. The insinuation is that you don’t have a valid point and are merely trying to create or stir up drama.
The hope is that you will become more concerned with defending your character and the reason for your post than the actual issue you posted to begin with. If they are really lucky, maybe you’ll question whether or not you even have a point or are actually making things worse by addressing the issue.
Gaslighting at its finest.
Here’s the thing… our pot hasn’t been stirred well since the 60s. The pasta is clumped together, the heat isn’t evenly dispersed, and the sauce is burnt on the bottom. For those at the top and those eating from the top, they don’t see the problem. And how dare you scrape that burnt stuff up and ruin the rest of the dish, right?
The problem is that WE are the dish. Gordon Ramsey doesn’t serve the top few spoonfuls of a burnt soup, does he? Hell no! Because he understands the burnt sauce on the bottom has tainted the taste of the entire soup, however mild it may or may not be, that burnt taste is there. You can’t separate the sauce.
We humans are the same way.
We are Connected. We are One.
And for those sitting at the bottom, those clumped together, those getting burned more frequently by life than others pot stirring is welcome. As matter of fact, stir the pot frequently to ensure the heat is distributed evenly, no one gets stuck at the bottom, and we all have the opportunity to “cook” properly into the best tasting version of ourselves.
Then, and only then, do we serve up the four star dish we claim as a people and country to be.
So yes, I’m stirring the pot.
For every Black, Brown, Indigenous, Person of Color…
For every woman who still has to get permission or approval on what to do with her body from physicians or lawmakers and is still paid less for her work regardless of how well she performs…
For every person whose needs are different, not special, but different than the majority…
For every person living in poverty in one of the richest countries in the world…
For anyone who finds themselves at the bottom of the pot, forgotten about, stuck, and getting burned…
I stir the pot for you.
Please, stir the pot too.