Black lives matter. This is not about politics, this is about humanity.
rac·ism | \ ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm
a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
Even if it feels like this does not affect us, or this has nothing to do with us… it is our responsibility as leaders, as parents, as human beings to have these (uncomfortable) conversations in the spaces where we operate. And we need to start by educating ourselves.
If you want a shorter version, this video explains a lot.
“Race or racial oppression is defined as: …burdening a specific race with unjust or cruel restraints or impositions. Racial oppression may be social, systematic, institutionalized, or internalized. Social forms of racial oppression include exploitation and mistreatment that is socially supported.” Read more here.
“In Minnesota, black people are four times as likely to be killed by law enforcement as white people. Mr. Floyd’s death shares a grim geographical lineage with other black deaths that rocked the nation: The place where he died is roughly a 15-minute drive from Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., where Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in 2016 while his fiancée streamed the encounter live on Facebook. The year before that, Jamar Clark was shot by the police as they tried to handcuff him as he lay on the ground, in the same vicinity as where Mr. Floyd gasped for his final breaths beneath a white police officer’s knee.” Keep reading here.
It is our responsibility as leaders, as parents, as human beings, to have these uncomfortable conversations with family, friends, colleagues, clients. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves and to understand the issue. It is our responsibility to use whatever platform we have to amplify the voices of Black people. Black lives matter.