I’ve decided to dedicate the rest of the week to posts that highlight people of colour and our fight to end racism. It might not be much, but it might be a start. It’s important to try and do something, even if it feels minuscule within the grand scheme of things. And it can get quite overwhelming when you don’t know exactly what to do.
There’s so much power in small acts of kindness, in small scale activism. It can change the world. The best way to personally support communities of colour is by listening to their experiences and what they need from us. And that’s exactly what these two women teach us below. They each talk about their personal experience with racism and how people around them spoke up, completely changing the situation. One person, one act, can turn an entire situation around. It’s incredibly emotional hearing about it, which only reminds how actually living these experiences are dehumanising and not acceptable. I hope we’re all brave enough to speak up, stand up and show up against everyday racism.
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I remember the first time I was called the N-word. I was in Sweden, I walked into the subway and sat down next to an older lady. She pulled her purse close to her body, looked at me with disgust and called me the n-word. I froze. I was so uncomfortable. I didn’t say a thing. But what happened next, put me into tears and is an experience I will never ever forget. One person, spoke up, then another and then another. It was like a domino effect. Tears were streaming down my face, as I watched people standing up for what was RIGHT. I feel like this is what I’m witnessing right now on social media. It’s a positive chain effect coming from all different races. How many times have you heard someone say something inappropriate but stayed silent? Or spoke up? This isn’t about white vs black. Racism is wrong and evil. It’s about doing the right thing, even when you’re uncomfortable. So keep being bold, loud and stand up for what is right. Your voice matters and is making a difference ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾 #blacklivesmatter #antiracism
Photo by Martin Neuhof