Being a Witch is Political

With the current climate, following yet another murder of a black man (Rest In Power, George Floyd) by police in the United States, there has been a rise in witches, pagans, heathens and polytheists of all stripes posting on social media in support of the victim and of movements like Black Lives Matter.

With that rise in verbal support for social justice movements, the « harm none tells me to sit on my hands », « witches need to stay out of politics », « keep politics out of my religion/spirituality » crowd is out in full force, yet again.

And let me say this: if this is what you believe or think should be, you 1) are very privileged in life, because claiming to be apolitical only ever comes from a place of privilege, as it means the injustice people are pushing against are not affecting you, and you therefore don’t care, and 2) have little to no knowledge of modern witchcraft history, even though you should probably focus on that over what was supposedly witchcraft and paganism 30,000 years ago.

If witches and other practitioners weren’t political, do you think the Witchcraft Act in the UK would have gotten repealed?

And what about W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell), who tried to cast a circle around the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, and who now participate in Black Lives Matter and other protests and marches around the United States, and elsewhere in the world?

W.I.T.C.H. started in the late 1960s and is still active today. – Photo credit: Bev Grant

What about Coru Priesthood and T. Thorn Coyle and their work as social justice advocates?

So, don’t give me that bullshit that witchcraft and politics should not mix. It’s lazy at best, and downright complicit to atrocities at worst. You can choose not to get involved and/or work for peace quietly, on your own, but that’s still a political choice, sweaty.

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