Updated: Jul 5, 2020
by: Misi French
It's 2020 and here we are again...here we are still.
The events of the past month with the murder of Amhaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Manuel Ellis are part of a history of racism and systematic oppression in the United States that goes back over 400 years. Although there have been important strides in terms of improving the lives of people of color, it is far from over. We are in the middle of the next big civil rights movement and we need to ask ourselves, "What will my role be in this historic moment?"
“I am furious/frustrated/horrified, but what can I do?”
I have been hearing this again and again over the last several years and that anguish has risen significantly since – yet another - series of violent and needless deaths of African Americans in our country. This is not a new issue.
Once again there is outrage.
Once again, there is protest.
Once again people ask, “What can I do?”
I fully support people walking out into the streets in protest – I have walked with them. We are angry that people are dying at the hands of those who are there to protect simply because of their skin color. But I also know that we need to do more.
Below is a list of many different ways to support change. It’s not that we can do all of these things, but it is crucial that each of us do something. We cannot stand by in our comfortable place anymore. Our humanity demands we act. [Find a document with explanations of these actions along with several resources HERE].
Here’s what we can do…
Attend a Rally or Protest
Education – You
Education – Youth
Reclaim Your community
Support Local Organizations
Support Local Businesses of People of Color
Sign a Pledge
Walk the Walk
Be Your Own Fact-Checker
Have an Online Presence
Support Our Youth
If So Inclined…
Write an Activist Statement
I invite you into the conversation. I invite you into activism. May our responses be respectful, intelligent and well thought out. And may we hear what others have to say with an open heart and curious mind.