4 Easy Ways to Fight Racial Injustice Now
The past several weeks have seen a marked change in the way people view and respond to social injustice —especially racism — here in the United States. Despite the Civil Rights Act being passed into law nearly 60 years ago (in 1964), many economic, political and environmental factors continue to level disparity among black Americans. It’s a heartbreakingly sad fact, highlighted by the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and more over the past few months. Perhaps the isolation stemming from COVID-19 social distancing practices has allowed the white majority the time needed for introspection or maybe we’re finally tired of reading the same headlines year after year, but this time in history seems different; many of us are recognizing our privilege, defining our own culpability and taking responsibility for the systemic abuse that is still present in our society even after hundreds of years. If you’ve been wondering about the actions you can take to effectuate meaningful change, keep reading. Here are four easy ways you can help fight racial injustice today:
Pretending to not see differences is one of the most subversive ways white people perpetuate racial inequality. Although often a well-intentioned stance, being “colorblind” inadvertently dismisses the black experience and allows many of us to avoid acknowledging the injustices that continue to affect black Americans on a regular basis. And when we don’t acknowledge the differences that exist in our society, we can’t address any of the injustices that stem from them.
Talk (and/or Write) about Race and Racism
Begin a dialogue. If you have children, read and talk to them about race and racism. If you have a platform, use it: businesses can use their outdoor letter signs to highlight community events and/or news concerning race relations; schools and teachers can educate their students; churches can deliver thought-provoking sermon series; influencers can use their social media accounts to call attention to pertinent facts, espouse inclusive viewpoints and promote black-owned businesses. Once you begin the conversation, make sure you…(see below).
Listen and Ask Questions
Remain open to hearing different viewpoints, especially ones that might be critical of your own beliefs. Challenging our own normative behavior can enable us to recognize and empathize with racial disparity. Read books; watch movies and documentaries; listen to podcasts; ask black friends about their experiences. Endeavor to hone your active listening skills so that you can become a support system for the black community.
Patronize a black-owned business. Sign a petition. Attend a protest. Mentor. Tutor. Be a friend. Be an ally. Display a sign. Donate money to organizations dedicated to helping the black community. Put simply: when you see injustice, call it out. And don’t forget to VOTE.
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