I’m overwhelmed. 2020 hasn’t started well. First Covid, and now international protesting occupies our thoughts, visions and conversations. I’m not sure what to do, but I KNOW remaining silent and watching things play out is not it.
If you are feeling anything remotely like me, you are wondering what you should do. And you’re uncomfortable. That’s good. We all need to get uncomfortable. That is how change happens. It’s a sign of growth.
I am a 58 year old privileged white woman of means and I coach professionals for a living to take action for themselves. Today, I feel the need to pivot slightly and take action to benefit those without my privilege. I need to take action to help put everyone on the same playing field with the same equipment and opportunity to win. If you are wondering what you can do, I have some ideas. See if any of them resonate with you. The more uncomfortable they make you—-the better?
Educate yourself. We cannot ask black people to educate us. It is our responsibility. There are many good podcasts, videos, articles and books out there right now. Here are just a few resource and action ideas:
- White Fragility 101 Podcast: A look by the author of what White Fragility is and why white people have such a hard time talking about racism in America.
- Support Black owned businesses, like bookstores instead of Amazon.
- Watch Trevor Noah’s video . It explains so much.
- Download Obama’s Toolkit for for advocacy of fair, safe and effective community policing. It’s full of education and actions you can take to help.
- Become a member of Color of Change: Support Color Of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the country, and help us fight to end the war on Black people in our country.
- Donate to The Bail Project: fighting for a more just equitable and humane pre-trial system.
- Follow black groups on your social media so you can start to listen. And just listen and support.