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Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

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I support People of Color and Black, Indigenous, LGBQT+ individuals and communities. I’m committed to supporting and encouraging diversity, inclusion, equity, justice and anti-racisim within myself, family, life, community and world.  

 

The Black Lives Matter Movement opened my eyes, ears and heart more widely and irreversibly to the fact that racism didn’t end with the Civil Rights Movement. Racism and white supremacy still exist. They’ve existed since before the founding of our nation and are engrained in the fabric of our society whether we choose to see it or remain blind.

 

I agree with Dwayne Reed who said “White supremacy won’t die until White people see it as a White issue they need to solve rather than a Black issue they need to empathize with.”

 

I also agree with Adrienne Keene who said  “Just a reminder: the system in what is currently known as the US isn’t “broken”. It was designed by male white supremacist slaveowners on stolen Indigenous land to protect their interests. It’s working as it was designed.” "That doesn't mean give up. It means imagine otherwise.”

 

It’s up to each of us to look within ourselves and the spaces we inhabit and identify where racism exists and ask ourselves what we can do to create change. Then we need to actually do it. 

 

Taking responsibility to educate ourselves and children where our school systems have failed miserably is one key element and a great place to begin, but not a place to end. 

 

Excellent sources of education which often include ideas of actions to take are Rachel Cargle’s The Great Unlearn, Nicole Cardoza’s Anti-Racism Daily and Adrienne Keene and Matika Wilbur’s All My Relations Podcast (I personally support these three with a monthly Patreon subscription and encourage you to monetarily compensate BIPOC for their work also).

 

To learn the more accurate version of the history of the populous Indigenous people who were thriving on the land that was stolen and colonized and is now called the United States of America, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a great source. There’s also a children’s version available. (The link goes to purchase the book from a Native owned independent bookstore. Please support them instead of Amazon.)

 

I have so much hope that in this amazing time we’re living in, where we have more access to knowledge and are more connected to each other than ever before in human history, that we will come together and kick racism and white supremacy’s ass for good. I believe in us. 

One more incredibly important thing we can do is learn the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation and practice it.