A critical part of dismantling systemic racism involves each of us doing the individual work necessary to better understand why we think, feel, and act the way we do. These reflections will prepare us to better empathize with those of us who have been systemically oppressed. We can then use empathy as an internal compass to help us focus on those with the greatest need. In this particular moment, there is a tremendous need to center on Black voices and perspectives.
Why Black people and Why Now?
This is an incredible moment in our nation’s history. We are building the momentum for changing systems, policies, and laws that have contributed a higher level of risk for Black folks. I realize this may be difficult to hear, internalize or believe, but here is a point to ponder.
If you aren’t taking intentional steps to figure out how to center black voices in this moment in our nation’s history, you are a part of the problem.Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton
In much the same way as those who made the decision to do nothing while others were being beaten and killed on the streets demanding rights for Black folks as guaranteed by the Constitution. In 2020, you have a choice in this matter. This moment needs you. This revolution needs you.
If you can accept that, then a good place to start is gaining skills that will support you in becoming an additional voice demanding justice for Black folks. Our collective voices are what’s needed to create the change we so deeply desire for our nation.
While I didn’t set out to write this much, I didn’t just want to drop the videos here. There is so much to say and so much work to do.
Here’s a small sampling of Emmanuel Acoa’s perspectives. There are more on YouTube and Apple TV.
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