This is something I posted on Facebook recently accompanied by a YouTube video cartoon about Systematic Racism. It is a good resource for demonstrating its effects to people of all ages. And my comment:
This amongst many other forms of segregation, marginalization, oppression and isolation is the nexus of where we are at this moment in time. In spite of a worldwide pandemic and at the risk of their own health, this is why there are protests around the country and the world.
George Floyd is the latest visual example of 400 years of systemic racism I and myriad Black and Brown friends and family have faced in one form or another. But, as my friend, Sherri James said, “racism is not my birthright” nor that of any Black or Brown person.
White allies, like it or not, the birthright of racism is yours. To accept the burden means identifying how you may have un/knowingly contributed to the problem and benefited from white privilege first. Thereafter, on a daily basis, you must be vigilant in undoing what your ancestors and forefathers created.
Yes, this undertaking is not a small one. From one-on-one micro-aggressions to organizational behaviors to the highest levels of government, your work is cut out for you. And should your victories go unrecognized, take solace you are making a better place for your children and your children’s children.
If you are not up to the task to do what I and others live daily, in the poetic words of the late Maya Angelou, “And Still I Rise.”
Peace and equality now.