Racism and Activism at Pantheacon

Reblogging this, because. I’ll be finishing up “Bringing Race to the Table” this week and reviewing it for EHS, but I have to tell you, the book has broken my heart, and reading this does it even more. Important, because the topic *should* break our hearts, and drive us to fix what is broken.

Pagan Activist

FB_IMG_1424196654259–by Shauna Aura Knight

Yesterday Pantheacon ended. Pantheacon is the largest Pagan conference and has almost 3,000 attendees and takes place in San Jose every year. I’m posting this a day late because I’ve been at the conference and wanted to write about activism within the Pagan community and specifically on issues that come up at Pantheacon.

Several years ago, Pantheacon was rocked by the exclusion of transgender women from one of the women’s rituals, and that controversy rippled out (and is still rippling) across the broader Pagan community.

This weekend I was proud to be part of a panel discussing Racism within the community. Unfortunately, that panel began on a sour note as I learned that there had been something hurtful and racist written in one of the various newsletters distributed at Pantheacon.

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