On the same day that I wrote my last post Are We Done Yet? about pandemic fatigue, another national crisis was brewing. It was May 25th – the day that George Floyd suffered a horrific and senseless death that once again stirred the ambers of racism.
As a result, our nation is hurting and grieving.
While education around the issue of racism in America is certainly important, it does no good if it is not put into action.
I encourage you to be aware of microaggressions and step up to the plate and be leaders in place. Speak up against racism, what it looks like, and how you’ve seen or experienced it. Talk about it to your young children, teens, adults – this is an everybody issue. We all have a responsibility to help move us all forward and heal together.
This is not a time to avoid, be silent, generalize, or get defensive. This is a time for action. And then for continued action.
Please use whatever kind of platform you have (this little blog is mine)…. to educate and influence your friends, your family, your social media contacts, and your workplace in whatever way – big or small – that you can. As I teach about good communication, small changes will make a huge difference over time.
Are you ready to do some work? Here are a few things you can start with and resources you may find helpful:
- Take personal responsibility and action to make changes in yourself and in your community.
- Learn empathy. If you want to know what I mean, read this chilling WSJ article White Americans, Your Lack of Imagination is Killing Us.
- Pay attention to who is in charge. What are the personal values of those you vote for and of those who serve in positions of power and influence?
- Engage in uncomfortable conversations to work toward facilitating change in those you can influence.
- Be kind to one another. If someone around you is not kind, speak up, step in, say something.
- Get educated. Here are two good resources I’ve come across. You may have found others – please email those to me and I’ll add them to my resource page.
White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by J Di’Angelo
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better. ~ Maya Angelo
Betty Lochner is a human resources consultant, business coach, and expert in workplace communications. She is the author of two books on communication, and a newly published journal, Intentional Gratitude.
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