Speaking out against racial injustice

Racial injustice: What to say when…

I write this blog post in hope that it serves as a useful resource for those looking to find their voice when they’re not sure what to say or how to say it in direct conversations or on social media. It is the second part of two posts. I am learning to be comfortable being challenged to educate myself and invite you to do so freely about anything in this article. I have also included some excerpt tiles for you to share.

If you wish to add to this with some further ideas or resources please message me via social media or pop me an email.

Resources and ways you can help : https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Yesterday I wrote a post encouraging you to get comfortable with the discomfort that comes with speaking out in solidarity with those who have been and still are being oppressed. I wrote the post in hope that you could begin to face your fear of speaking out, your fear of saying the wrong thing and actually seeing it as a willingness to learn more.

I wrote it in hope that you’d find some confidence deep within you to cut your harmful silence short and use your voices and white privilege to give a platform to black people who are oppressed each and every day. Days when you take your privilege for granted. 

Which side of history do you want to be on?

The question you need to ask yourself right now, is which side of history you want to be on in the battle against racial injustice? If it’s the right side of history, good, because now is the time to step up.

I address some of the above points in my previous post.

So what can you bring to the conversation? 

How can you challenge others who hold such oppressive, repressive, racist views confidently.

When people say:

“I’m tired of looking on social media right now. I wish things would go back to normal”

When people say:

“All Lives matter”

When people say:

“Why can’t people protest peacefully?” or “Stop the looting violence and destruction of property”

When people say:

“As a white person, my participation won’t help anything”

When people say:

“It’s not safe to protest during a pandemic”

When people say:

“I don’t see colour”

When people say:

“White privilege? What’s white privilege? I’m white and I’ve never seen or experienced any privilege”

When people say:

“The word racist is thrown around too much”

Challenging and speaking out is not always going to be comfortable or easy for you, particularly when it means deviating from the very structures, systems, assumptions, behaviours and histories that have put white people in such privileged positions. Solidarity with those fighting oppression takes hard work and commitment and it’s not a task you can complete overnight.

Resources and ways you can help : https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

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