In the spring of 2016, due to some personal experiences in my family, I began to look more deeply into racism in the US and into my own internalized racism (inevitable if raised in US culture). This exploration has been deep, painful, enlightening and is ongoing. Due to the educational journey that I have exposed myself to since 2016, (in the form of copious reading of articles, books, lectures, podcasts, and classes), I am no longer comfortable, as a white person , (aka, a beneficiary of White Privilege), and as a non-Hindu, teaching about or introducing others to the practice of Kirtan, and/or selling my music, for personal profit. I have come to understand that doing so can be a form of White Supremacy known as Cultural Appropriation. Though my yoga teacher training was rigorous, at this point, I don't feel it's appropriate for me to introduce others to this ancient practice. I still enjoy the practice and am grateful for all it has given me.
I am committed to understanding and helping to dismantle White Supremacy in all of its forms to the best of my ability. And I am committed to learning and recognizing when I need to do better.
I am deeply sorry for any harm that I caused by not realizing what I was doing in the past that was problematic. If you are not sure what I am talking about, or if you think you understand but feel defensive about what I have said here, or if you are a white person who feels they are NOT racist, I humbly suggest you start consulting Google on the subject of White Fragility and other forms of White Supremacy tactics (often unconsciously) used by decent white people that unknowingly uphold White Supremacy, which you (if you are white) benefit from daily. You can also start here with an informative article by Layla Saad called: I Need to Talk to Spiritual White Women About White Supremacy Part 1 and Part 2. You can access Layla Saad’s “Me and White Supremacy Workbook here. For me, this was the single most influential tool that catapulted my understanding of my own internalized racism. You may also learn from Sociologist, Dr. Robin DiAngelo, who in 2011 coined the term "White Fragility" and has a book by the same name. Here's a New Yorker review of her book. Robin’s work has also been pivotal for me.
All of my work is still available digitally and in CD form (visit the Shop). 100% of proceeds from any of my music, will go to support organizations and people who are doing anti-racism work as well as Folk Arts Rajasthan, an organization in the Rajasthan region of India, that is committed to eradicating illiteracy, fostering community development and celebrating cultural understanding through education and traditional music preservation.
Please feel free to email me with questions.
Thanks for considering.
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