Today my amazing guests are Carla & Yasmeen, who have both stepped up to spread awareness within the online spiritual community.
With the ability to connect with thousands and even millions of people instantly, social media has revolutionized how we communicate. Apps like Tik Tok shorten attention spans to make us consume quick and easily digestible content. It is designed so that people want to stay in the app longer, instead of leaving to further their research elsewhere. Unfortunately, the revolution of social media is a sharp double-edged sword and there are many dangers of fast spreading information, leading to pipelines of white supremacy within the spiritual community online.
Many black creators experience a great deal of censorship online. Those who are outspoken about white supremacy and racism have many times found their content removed or taken down for violating community guidelines.
The origins of the New Age Spiritual movement started as an inspiration to music, politics, education, social justice, and therapy as part of the 1960s opposition to mainstream consumer capitalism. While New Age spiritual movement encouraged universal peace, hope and love, there have been a number of new appropriations of New Age spiritualism by right-wing and far-right organizations.
Movies & books mentioned in the episode
Deconstructing Karen Documentary
Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults
The Anatomy of Fascism
Judas and the Black Messiah
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (FREE PDF)
Dark Historical Roots of Starseeds
New age spiritualism, mysticism, and far-right conspiracy
Harvard's Anti-Racism resources
Combating racism on social media
Q-anon & new age spirituality
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