Tolerating Racism is Racism. Here's how to be an ally of social change and not an oppressor. I was blessed to take a Sociology course this Spring and one of the biggest topics we covered was Racism. We learned more in depth about Racial Discrimination, White Priviledge, Color-Blind Racism, and so many important topics that are directly related to what is currently happening (and what has been happening all along.)
I can not, should not, and will not stay silent about this topic. It breaks my heart to see that it took the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor for this country to have a wake up call. Posting is not simply enough. It's time we listen, learn, and grow. The only way to start making change and to become an ally is to stand up against what is wrong and speak up. It is just as important for me as a white woman of priviledge to stand up and speak up for my brothers and sisters of color. One of the best things you can do is educate yourself about racism, why it exists, how it was created, and how we can put an end to it.
I have found myself sobbing, thinking, and trying to find the right words to say to express how heartbroken I am that any of these situations had to happen for people to start taking injustice seriously. It's time we start having uncomfortable conversations and not allow the deaths of these people to be washed away with time.
I am acknowledging my priviledge as a white woman and WILL use it to bring awareness, educate, send resources, and help stop racism, racial discrimation, and the deaths of black men and women.
Say NO to Racism.
Say NO to Opression.
Say NO to being Silent.
Ways YOU can use your priviledge to make a difference.
Color-blind Racism: color-blind racism is when individuals do not see the color of people's skin and believe everyone to be equal. Colorblindness prevents us from seeing the historical causes of racial inequality and how racial inequality persists in our society.
Racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.
Racial Discrimination: any discrimination against individuals on the basis of their skin colour, or racial or ethnic origin. Individuals can discriminate by refusing to do business with, socialize with, or share resources with people of a certain group.
White Priviledge: inherent advantages possessed by a white person on the basis of their race in a society characterized by racial inequality and injustice.
White Fragility: discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice.
Racism is socially constructed. People are not born being racist, it is a learned behavior.
By educating ourselves, standing up for what's right, and standing against injustice we can stop the violence, make a difference, and create positive change.
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