What does solidarity really mean to us?
How do we take ownership of a message of solidarity and consider what does this really mean to us as a community. There is a clear message that for this change to be real we need to demonstrate we are committed.
There has been a lot of media attention around people needing to do the work to change racial
inequalities. There has been a lot of people realising they need to listen, reflect and to learn to be able to help move forward in bringing the wider communities together.
I think it is important to acknowledge that some people are feeling overwhelmed and they do not know where to start with conversations around racism and inequality. And as stated by Brene Brown – ‘We believe the most effective way to tackle issues of privilege and systemic bias is to name them, talk about them, and take personal and collective responsibility to change them…’ Brown (2020);
Therefore, we’ve come up with a plan to help continue our message of solidarity as a community by asking each of you to commit to one thing over the next 6 months to learn about race and the impact that it has on us as a community and wider.
A commitment might be listen to one podcast on race, read one book on race, have a conversation with your young people and families experience on race, read a poem on race, diversify your social media, attend online discussion platforms exploring race and inequity, or to simply sit and write a reflection on how these recent events have made you feel.
It would be great if everyone sends in a picture of their commitments to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can compile a big image, share ideas of where we have work to do and to demonstrate by us doing one small commitment each as community we will be making a bigger change. I want you to talk about your commitments with your colleagues, friends and loved ones to share ideas, learn from each other and to hear each other.
My commitment is to create space to share resources and reflection and increase my knowledge around race by reading each day.
List of example commitments:
Committo a Podcast:
· Good Ancestor Lala F.Sadd
·ABOUT RACE- Renni-Eddo Lodge
· NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG WOMEN-Sadia Azmat and Monty Onanuga
· Is this Racist- Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome
· Dear White Woman-Sara and Mishasha
· Come through- Rebecca Carroll
· Yoga is Dead- Tejal and Jesal
Commit to a book:
· White fragility by Robin Di Angelo
· Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
· How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
· It’s Not About the Burqa collection of essays edited by Mariam Khan
· White Privilege Unmasked: How to Be Part of the Solution by Judy Ryde
Commit to read an article or reports:
Commit to diversifying social media by following:
· Rachel Cargle
· Yassmin Abdel-Magied
· Trevor Noah
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