Ten or so ways you can help fight racial injustice.
What’s happening in the world isn’t anything new. It shouldn’t surprise you. It shouldn’t shock you. I quote Will Smith: “Racism isn’t getting worse, it’s getting filmed”. It should fuel your passion to help make change in your community, in your nation.
You may be disgusted by the rioting going on, that’s fine. I’m disgusted by rioters. Protesters are disgusted by rioters. Police are disgusted by the rioting. But you shouldn’t be disgusted by the peaceful protesting going on. Should feel inspired to see thousands of black, white, gay, straight, police officers, male, female, young and old coming together with the same mission – the find justice.
I sure hope we can all agree in saying that we want to live in a country that is full of justice.
If you are confused on how to help being the change you want to see, here’s how:
- Get to know more about your black brothers & sisters. They have feelings, opinions, knowledge that they could share to help you learn more about what is going on.
- Talk to white people. Especially older white people. Have conversations and educate your friend. This doesn’t have to be a debate, just try to help them understand – “Hey this is how a lot of our country is feeling & it doesn’t help when you say this or do that”. Make them be a bit more mindful of their actions and habits.
- Talk to your kids about race. I really don’t care how hard it may be for you, or if they are too young. You should care how hard it is for people of color to live in a society where they aren’t treated as equals. No matter their age.
- Read books:
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognize Your Privleged, Combat Racism and Change the World By Layla F. Saad
How to Be an Anti-Racist By Ibram X. Kendi
The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas
- If you’re white – understand that you are privilege. Recognize that fact. Use it to help others.
- Sign petitions:
- Donate money:
- Watch films that confront American racism:
I Am Not Your Negro
The Color Purple
- Call out your friends when they make a joke that is racist/homophobic etc. Let them know it’s not right. They may not even realize it is wrong.
- Call your local government and let them know how you feel about this.
- Please go out and vote.
- Go out, be safe, and protest!!!
- Just be a good human being. Spread love, be good, take care of yourself, treat others the way you want to be treated…you know the stuff you learned before you knew how to tie your shoes.
& Remember, please be kind.