“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”– Matthew 25:40
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly;defend the rights of the poor and needy” –Proverbs 31:8-9
The world is full of a lot of emotions right now regarding the state of social injustice and racism in America. There’s fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and so much more.
However, in the midst of all those negative emotions, I also see positive emotions like hope, resiliency, courage, and determination.
If you’re one of the people on either side of the spectrum and you’re looking for practical ways that you can help enact REAL change beginning now, keep reading.
If you’re one the people who either don’t believe there’s a problem or that the problem isn’t “that big of a deal”, then please pray. Pray that your heart be softened and that God opens your eyes to revelation (revealed truth) of what’s really going on. Maybe after that, you can revisit this post with a more ready mind and spirit and become apart of the solution. We love you, nonetheless.
Okay world changers, here’s the list— at least 14 ways you can do your part to enact REAL CHANGE in the world right now regarding racism and social injustice.
Because guest what? Nothing changes if NO THING changes………
*NOTE: This list is for all races. Together, we can make our country better.
2. Visit http://www.colorofchange.org. Be sure to sign the petition for justice for George Floyd. Be sure to sign and circulate petitions against injustice or racism. (UPDATE: all four officers have been charged in the death of George Floyd and the main officer Derek Chauvin charged with 2nd degree murder)
3. Help shift mindsets inside homes and in small circles. Let people know that you’re anti-racism and that no racist remarks, jokes, memes or anything else will be tolerated in your presence (physical presence or online presence).
4. Always be culturally sensitive to the needs of others. Your coworkers, your patients, your clients, your neighbors. Realize everyday that their past and present experiences may be very different from yours just because of the color of their skin.
5. Speak up and step in as mediators or allies or whatever else we need you to be in the moment when you see wrong doing based on race.
6. Make monetary donations to reputable non profit organizations that directly work to help Black communities.
7. Support and promote Black owned businesses
8. Promote community engagement and peaceful initiatives between police and African American communities. There are unfortunately White police officers who end up serving in Black communities who have NEVER been around Black people before. That can cause problems.
9. Stay educated and well informed. Become familiar with the African American experience in America and after that educate White people who naively believe that White privilege doesn’t exists or that racism isn’t still “a thing”.
10. Vote for leaders who are culturally sensitive and who care about justice and equality. Hold the leaders accountable for doing what they said they would do for predominately Black communities.
11. Ensure there are always talks of diversity and how to promote diversity in the workplace or schools.
12. If you attend a church, ensure your pastors preach out against issues like social injustice and racism in church services.
13. Hold companies you’re a patron of accountable for their stance or lack of a stance is on racism or social justice issues.
Family, these are just a few of many ideas but it’s a start. Post comments below to add to the list and please continue to post, share, and speak up for what’s right and just. God bless! Take care and stay safe.
Until next time, STAY LIFTED, family!