This American Independence Day of 2020 is landing in the midst of yet another uprising of the Black community in damnd for justice, dignity and the right to our very lives.
But this conversation is not new as the experiences of Black Americans has been rooted in one truth: this country was never made to ensure we were free, safe and offered opportunities to wellness.
This 4th of July I encourage you to continue to do the work along my framework of KNOWLEGE, EMPATHY + ACTION.
Knowledge (click to access each piece)
1. Have a conversation with an elder of your family and find out what your families everyday lives may have looked like during the early independence celebrations of America. Seek to find out if you are a descendant of a slave owning family line. Having this understanding will give you an illuminated positioning within your white privilege. (Note: even if you do not come from a slave owning lineage you are still very much existing within white privilege and benefitting from the racist structures of this country.)
2. Go through the speech by Frederick Douglas ans highliggt passages that are still very relevant to modern day issues of racism and consider the exhaustion of the black community fighting this generation after generation and then list out the ways YOU are going to show up more intently and intensively to be an accomplice to overturning these structures.
3. Take time to discuss with/explain to your children the TRUE history of America and how this is not a celebration for everyone.
Do your research and find an organization local to you that supports the Black community. Ensure a few things: 1. It is run by Black people 2. It directly benefits members of the Black community with a large majority of its budget.
Make a personal donation to a black activist/educator/organizer who is on the front lines of this fight.
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