Also laid bare this past week, again and again and again, is the deep wound of systemic inequality across our country as witnessed by the brutal violence and often ignored mistreatment of people of color every single day. We are reminded that Dr. King warned against the "appalling silence of the good people.” It is our hope that all will listen, then use our collective voices and positive actions to uplift others.
We can be part of badly needed change.
Why is this happening?
Op-Ed from Kareem Abdul Jabarr "Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge."
A heartfelt explanation from Trevor Noah of the Daily Show (who grew up under Apartheid)
For those who don't yet feel comfortable with "Black Lives Matter", 9 explanations on why "All Lives Matter" is not a helpful thing to say
Once you've educated yourself, you can educate others. It can be difficult to take a stand to challenge a family member or co-worker's racist "jokes" or gently question a friend's insensitive Halloween costume but this is how systems change. Teaching Tolerance has resources for how to handle these interactions.