The Inclusion & Etiquette guide from Nutroots Nation. Behold, a sample:
- Assume BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)/Sunkissed people are not available to teach you about their cultures, struggles and experiences without payment.
- Remember that everything we are doing is on stolen land and these imposed borders hold thousands of distinct Indigenous nations.
- The Indigneous peoples whose land we occupy are still here. They and their cultures are not props, mascots or novelties.
- All people who are not white do not have the same experiences, struggles and histories. Do not lump BIPOC/Sunkissed peoples into a grouping and do not use the positions of one person to challenge the position of another.
“Sunkissed”. HAHAHAHA. Defined as “”a way to reference BIPOC people that does not center whiteness or colonization.”
And notice with that last bullet point the implicit assumption is that all people who are white do have the same experiences, struggles, and histories.
Then there is this gem:
Do not assume anyone’s gender, even people you may have met in the past. A person’s external appearance may not match their internal gender identity. Pay attention to a person’s purposeful gender expression. It’s polite to ask: “What is your name and pronouns?” before assuming and using pronouns or gendered words. And when you learn pronouns, make sure to use them every time. When addressing or speaking about a group, use gender inclusive language like folks, y’all, everyone or guests instead of gendered terms such as you guys or ladies and gentlemen.
Oh good grief. This is a religion. It has long had sacraments. It now also has rites and ritual. It has the language of sin and repentance. It also is batcrap crazy. Who the hell needs a guide on how to treat someone with a disability and who slaves over writing something like this to ensure someone else is not ever in any way offended by the most minor thing.