A long history of segregation and racism has instilled systemic racism that in recent years has become even more prevalent due to the internet and sharing platforms. These issues are not sporadic or new, but they have always been. As a society, we now are banding together, regardless of differences, to reintroduce the conversation of racism and systemic racism to the country and to our friends and families. As allies, it is our duty to speak up when we hear or see something racist.
Black and Brown communities are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement, however, the Black community is 2.5x more likely to be killed at the hands of law enforcement for even the simplest of infractions. In many cases, traffic stops have resulted in the deaths of members of the Black community.
Prejudices and racism begin at home. Racism is taught. To eradicate racism we must first begin with dialogue. Focusing on the deepest issues at hand and having honest conversations about the racist beliefs held by those around us. Have the difficult conversations, don’t be afraid to call your family and friends, and have this conversation when you hear something or see something they do to be racist. We must also elevate the voices of the community instead of speaking on their behalf. We are not their ambassadors, we are their allies and we are to stand by them and raise their arms and voices higher. Be an ally everywhere. Speak up against racism.
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Starting the conversation en Español