These last few months have been challenging for us all, but this last week has been devastating. Here in our house, we have been actively watching the news and talking about what role we can play in helping to change this ongoing narrative of racial injustice and the killing of black and brown people.
Are you wondering the same? Are you finding ways to take action?
First, I must say, I stand in solidarity with the peaceful protesters around the country, and now around the world. The recent brutal murders of three black citizens — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd call each of us to take action and be part of a justice solution.
I have wondered what can I do? What role can I play?
As a white woman, I know that I need to be part of the solution. I believe that we need to deconstruct systemic racism built into our communities and country.I acknowledge the privilege that I have. And I know that I have personal work to do. I know there are also actions I can be taking, even if not walking in a protest, there are things to be done.We can each be part of this solution, even if you cannot protest, there are other ways to advocate for change, educate yourself and talk with neighbors.
I am personally reading and working through the book: Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. Her book is available on Amazon. I plan to participate in a group discussion about the book over the next four weeks with young people.https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/
Join the NAACP
Attend their Emergency Virtual Town Hall TONIGHT
Sign the petition at Black Lives Matter and call your Senator and Representative:
Check out the petitions at Color of Change and sign the ones that resonate with you. Share them with your contacts, expand the circle.
Here is a great list of 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice.
Racial justice needs all of us demanding it.Listen to podcasts to learn more — challenge yourself. I know I have to get uncomfortable. The work on racism takes us into uncomfortable places when we acknowledge our own privilege and our own role.
Here’s a podcast I found: Brene Brown with guest Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Listen
Get involved in your local elections.
Work for change in your community and support campaigns that make a difference across the country.And of course, educate yourself.
Read books, participate in conversations, listen, listen, listen.Visionary Womenpreneurs envision a world where everyone is included equally.
I welcome your ideas on how to make positive change in our world.