There’s no escaping it: racism is a social justice issue.
Ethics and sustainability are intrinsically intertwined with issues of equality and social justice. A truly sustainable future addresses each of the 4 Es:
True sustainability requires that we address all of these areas. And that can seem like a huge task.
But there are some things you can do: start by educating yourself and then add your voice to the call for equity.
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”Martin Luther King Jr.
Being non-racist and anti-racist are very different things
The majority of people are non-racist. This is characterised by the things they are NOT doing. To be anti-racist is to do something about what is going on.
Marlon James explains the difference between the two in this great 2 minute video.
It is no secret that mainstream media is controlled by rich white men. But the online world offers us access to all different viewpoints.
The resources below are a great place to start to get yourself educated on the issues and help you to be a better anti-racist ally.
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Ibram X. Kendi
The 1619 Project from the New York Times
“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh
“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups” developed by Craig Elliott
“Equal rights for others does not mean less rights for you. It’s not pie.”unknown
For more ideas – many applicable specifically to Americans – check out this article on what white people can do for racial justice.
And remember: doing anything is better than doing nothing at all.