I, like many Americans, am appalled by the events that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend. Watching that graphic video of a car run over a crowd of innocent people nearly brought me to tears. It is depressing that the Klu Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups are still going strong in 2017.
However, I am not surprised.
We live in a divided nation. Though this division seems more prevalent now, with Trump in office, it has been a part of American society for quite some time.
I believe that racism stems from ignorance. It comes from Xenophobia, a fear or lack of understanding of a culture foreign to oneself. A not so distant past of redlining mortgages has made certain more affluent (white) neighborhoods inaccessible to people of color. School redistricting has led to a re-segregation of many public schools. Often these minority schools have less funding and fewer resources. A young black man is more likely to end up in a prison cell than a dorm room.
Speaking out against white supremacy on social media is important, but there is meaningful action that you can take to fight this ignorance.
Here are just a few ideas.
- Study Black/Latino/Native American history.
- Put pressure on your local school board to address re-segregation of public schools.
- Stop supporting political candidates who want to continue the war on drugs (a war waged primarily on communities of color)
- Study Islam and other prominent world religions that you do not understand.
- Connect with people who have different backgrounds than your own.
- Stand up for heroes like Colin Kaepernick, who put their career on the line to fight for social justice.
- Stop with this #AllLivesMatter nonsense and open a book.
Contact information for the New Hanover County School board can be found here.
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Post by Zach Beauchemin @ dubcityheartbeat.com