Updated: Jun 6, 2020
If you are like me, you are heartsick as you have become aware of the depth of racial bias and exclusivity in our nation, extending into our communities. I’m speaking as a white grandmother. People of color, particularly our black sisters and brothers, have been aware of this for their entire lives, living with blatant discrimination and microaggressions. The marches and demands for equality are LONG overdue and I pray that they influence our entire country, particularly those in positions of power to make immediate and lasting change.
So what can you do to educate yourself and show support?
Here are some suggestions:
Listen to leadership in the black and POC community. Black Lives Matter and NAACP are two of the most well known.
-Locally, check out the Portland based Coalition of Communities of Color
-Read the letter from Braden Lenzy, a member of the Notre Dame football team
-Learn about white privilege. Check out the FREE course on LinkedIn, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for All.
-Read Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh.
-Watch the film 13th, available on Netflix.
-Watch Just Mercy, starring Jamie Foxx, now being streamed for FREE.
-Locally, tune into a Race Talks evening. McMenamins has been hosting a monthly Race Talks evening since 2009 at the Kennedy School. The talks have been suspended due to COVID-19 but are available on McMenamins Facebook via Zoom.
Learn about treating skin of color.
- Aliesh Pierce, an engaging educator and author and the most knowledgeable skin person I know, has online courses available. And if you ever have the chance to hear her in person, don’t miss out.
-JoElle Lee, another national mentor in treating skin of color, offers online resources.
-Pamela Springer, one of the first, if not THE first person in the esthetics world to offer education on treating Global Skin.
-Locally, check out Fearless Beauties. An online course will soon be available.
-Check social media for peaceful marches and rallies in your neighborhood. Even small communities are responding to this tragedy.
-Write and speak to your local and state representatives and law enforcement to demand 8 Can't Wait be enacted in your community.
-Use your voice to speak up when you witness or hear discrimination.
-Commit to lifelong education.
Many other suggestions are available on 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice