By Patti Wigington
Periodically I’ll get an email from someone who wants to know if they can be Wiccan if they’re not of a Caucasian background. While one would think that the answer of “Yes, of course you can” would be obvious, it’s not as simple as we would normally think. I think there tends to be a misconception in the Pagan community that we are all following the paths of our ancestors; therefore someone whose ancestors are not white couldn’t possibly be following a path rooted in the traditions of mostly-white Europeans.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve met Pagans – Wiccans, and other flavors — of just about every racial and ethnic background you can think of. And as more people embrace a wider variety of beliefs, it stands to reason that a spiritual path that might have been exclusively made up of Old White Ladies sixty years ago is now a melting pot of men and women from a variety of backgrounds.