As the warm weather is upon us, lockdown rules are starting to relax in many parts of the world, and businesses are starting to open up and resume their activities, there is the natural rhythm of life to move on.
At the same time, there are many of us who are still trying to process all of the sweeping changes that 2020 has brought so far.
The COVID 19 pandemic paused and suspended our lives, and for many families, they faced the devastating loss of loved ones. Then, the heartbreaking death of George Floyd sparked a revolution once and for all dismantle systemic racism.
These events have definitely triggered us on many levels, e.g., emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and even physically. Some of us are not able to move on and forward as easily as others.
In fact, some of my coaching clients have had to take some time to re-center themselves and come to terms with their emotions, especially relating to systemic racism. They also had to get clear on how they were going to be part of the solution.
What about you? Are you struggling with how to effectively support the anti-racism movement?
Well if the answer is Yes, I want you to know that your emotions and feelings are valid. It means that you care, you have a moral compass, and you need to process things in your own way.
If you are feeling like you are not sure what do to and how to make a difference, consider trying the following actions:
1. Educate Yourself about systemic racism through books, documentaries and news features. The book below by Ijeoma Oluo entitled, So you want to talk about race, is a New York Times Bestseller.
The book guides readers of all races through many subjects to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
Click the image below to learn more.
Another bestseller is the book, White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo. The book examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. Click here for the book.
2. Donate to Anti-Racism causes such as Black Lives Matter, which is is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. They combat and counter acts of violence, create space for Black imagination and innovation, and center on Black joy to improve lives.
Join the movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice. Click the image below to learn more.
3. Create Your Own Initiative to make a difference by leveraging your business and/or platform to raise funds. For example, my daughter, Alexa, leveraged her hair refreshment mask product called “Jus by Oreya” where she earmarks $5 of every product sold to be donated to the Black Solidarity Fund to help stand up against intolerance, prejudice, and injustice, and support charities across Canada focused on the advancement of Black Canadians.
Click here to learn more about the Black Solidarity Fund.
4. Speak Up in your own way, whether it is in writing, speaking, videos, social media, etc. as a way to bring awareness to dismantling systemic racism.
The above suggestions are by no means exhaustive. There are many other organizations that can be supported. And there are also other creative ways to demonstrate support.
Taking action in some way can help you to both take a stand and move forward while making a positive contribution as a force for good.
I leave you with this profound quote by Nelson Mandela…
“No one born hating another because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Bless you, for not staying silent,
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Meriflor Toneatto is an award-winning leadership and Positive Psychology Coach, Strategist and Entrepreneur. She has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times and more.
She is the CEO and founder of Power With Soul and creator of the Millionaire Difference Makers™ Path for visionary entrepreneurs.
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