The story so far. From Part 1 “People of color and their fights can be an inspiration for white folks. Transition from guilt to helping build multiracial movements”
So how do we so all this? Well based on my efforts and the recent writings and workshops of Chris Crass*, here are some suggestions
- Start by using “baby steps” and by whateever means make your oposition to police actions against Black people known. Use our Facebook**, blog on this site.
- Look for demonstrations led by people of color and ask people to join. Demonstrations are vehicles to go from racial inequalities awareness to racial action involvement.
- Love others and be part of the grief that exists in the structural racism events that strip lives, love ones, family and human dignity from us all.
- Dont be afraid of speaking truth to lies and outrages and build courage in small steps and celebrate even small victories. Fight microagression** exclusionism and all the small ways we chip away at a mutually beneficial society.
- Learn from history, make Ghandi, Bayard Rustin, MLK, Nelson Mendela, Gerry Mallon, Joh Bush your aids in contextual understanding.
Finally build bridges not fences. Strive for a multicultural world to fight racism, homophobia, sexism and the like. The NA has done this in the past and can do it now and in the future.
* Chris Crass “Towards the Other America” Chalice Press 2015
** Microaggression is a term coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M. Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals he said he had regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflict on African Americans. In 1973, MIT economist Mary Rowe extended the term to include similar aggressions directed at women; eventually, the term came to encompass the casual degradation of any socially marginalized group, such as the poor and the disabled.