Every person is at a different place with the fight to dismantle racist systems that are the foundation of our country and city. Wherever you are in the fight, I hope to help address your needs by sharing resources not just for systemic change, education, and support but for every day life. Until we clear space and raise up the voices of those we have blocked out and held down for so many generations, we as a community/society/humanity are incomplete.
How have I personally made changes?
- I continue to have conversations with my children and spouse about systemic racism and white supremacy.
- I pressure those in my city and state government to make changes by defunding the police among other things. I do this by sharing information on social media and writing letters to those in power.
- I financially support organizations on a weekly basis that work full time pushing for change in our school SYSTEMS, prison SYSTEMS, healthcare SYSTEMS, hospitality STRUCTURES, media STRUCTURES, work STRUCTURES, and government SYSTEMS.
- I continue to change the colour of my Instagram feed by following more Black artists, influencers, chefs, entrepreneurs, dancers, and media
- I listen to Black voices.
- I read Black writing.
- I watch Black television, movies, media, and social media.
- I allow myself to learn, relearn, change perspective, and own and apologize for mistakes.
NB: Amplifying Black voices doesn’t mean focusing on the fight 24/7. It means shopping Black businesses, consuming Black written and produced tv, movies, and books. It also means enjoying Black art, music, and dance. HOWEVER, this is a long fight and we need to be in it for the long haul. Keep up the pressure.
Is there more I can do?
Obviously there is so much more I can do. I can do better. I can do more.
If I have overlooked something or someone let me know in the comments. I follow up with everything.