What can we DO about racial injustice?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

By Arlene Pace Green

If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking about what you can do about the racial injustice this week has exposed. Here are my top 10 – what are you doing and what would you add?

1. Give $ to support equal justice. Two of many to consider are:

· Innocence Project - helping to free the innocent

· Equal Justice Initiative - working to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality

2. Write a letter or make a phone call to public officials demanding equal justice, an end to police violence, and an end to mass incarceration. See the organizations above for ideas and contacts. Find out if your city has implemented the 8 actions that dramatically reduce police violence; ask them to implement if they haven't.

3. If you’re a leader, visibly acknowledge what’s happening, share your values, tell your position as a team and organization; take action by ensuring equal representation and fairness on your teams at all levels - including the senior team and board. Leadership and presence make a difference.

4. Don't assume the problem is with "them". It's likely all of us. Increase your understanding of systematic injustice and racism to gain a deeper understanding of how it works in overt and covert ways. Two books to consider are How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. A short and helpful video on the topic can be found here. There are also numerous articles, TEDTalks, and podcasts on the topic. Melody Hobson has a great TEDTalk on being Color Brave and Peggy McIntosh wrote an article on identifying white privilege. A broader curated list can be found here.

5. Attend an Equal Justice Protest.

6. Raise humble, kind, anti-racist children who advocate for others.