I am starting with the man in the mirror.
Before I speak, I try my best to understand.
To understand, I first listen profoundly.
So I have been silent and listened.
I listened to many different sources.
I listened to myself.
Am I part of the problem? Am I part of the solution?
Do I sometimes think or act different because of someone’s skin color? My first thought was “no, I do not”. I don’t believe that I have consciously acted different to someone because of the color of their skin.
From what I can tell from the outcry globally, many seem to believe the same.
So if most of us are not consciously racist, why is there still racism?
Are we all unconsciously racist? Is the small minority that is consciously racist, causing all the racism? And if so, why are they? Are there financial reasons why racism exists?
I think that it is a combination of these factors.
At least unconsciously we tend to fear the unknown, we tend to disapprove of those that are different from us.
Fear is a very strong emotion that is easily exploited by those that seek to gain control or financial benefit through it.
So if fear comes from the unknown, I need to educate myself and the people around me.
The key controllers of knowledge in my life have been the people around me, education, media and leadership.
These are the pillars that I need to change to remove any fear that I and others have.
So here is what I will do:
I will educate myself and the people around me:
I need to learn more about other races, other cultures, other people. And I need to educate those around me on this topic.
I will make choices in my life that:
- Support leaders that help educate. Leaders that help take fear away. Leaders that help build bridges. I will use my vote and ask leaders for change.
- Support media that does not invoke fear. Support media that promotes debate, understanding, exploration, learning, building bridges. I will have a very close look at my current media sources and take actions.
- Support those that are educating others.
- Support others that are fearful, by engaging with them and educating them. I can build bridges and at the same time close gaps.
“If you want to make the world a better place.
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”
Black lives do not only matter, they are equal.