Tina Lifford Takes Us on a Journey to Explore Racism

AP Photo/David Goldman“It’s too much. It’s too much, are lines from a new play that I’m in rehearsals for, about the subtle everyday experiences and burdens of racism that we all perpetrate,” writes Tina Lifford in her latest blog for Huffington Post.

Tina, who is currently in rehearsals for the world premiere of CITIZEN: An American Lyric, is doing a series of blogs while she is mounting the stage show–taking us all on a journey of exploring racism through the lens of working on this play not only as an artist, but also as an inner fitness trainer focused on emotional healing.

Here is an excerpt from her latest post:

 

But BEING BLACK IS NOT THE PROBLEM. Racial abuse and bullying are. 

“Isms” — racism, sexism, elitism — are the abusers and bullies of humanity. Yet, it is the abused who most often have the burden of accounting for an abuser’s bad behavior. The abused make the adjustments necessary to get along with bullies and abusers — ignore or avoid them, walk on eggshells, don’t react and don’t take them personally. But our emotional makeup as humans means it’s hard not to internalize systematic abuse. Victims spend years working through the emotional wounds that result.

 

Click here to read the entire Huffington Post piece, “Who Would Want To Be A Black Person?”

 

 

image from Huffington Post/AP Photo/David Goldman