In light of everything going on, I think it is imperative to have more discussions about racism and ways we can help be the force against it.
One of my best friends for over 25 years, Erin, is Asian American. I’ve always had friends from very diverse backgrounds and have tried to continue to show solidarity.
My passion as of recently lies in educating children and encouraging others to figure out ways they can properly do that. It’s up to us who are privileged to be active allies in fighting against racism and take responsibility to make changes.
As women, we have had to fight for our rights and equality for a very long time. And, if we don’t stand up against this and teach our kids, then we aren’t helping the situation. Enough is enough.
What are some of the things that you talk about with your children, friends & coworkers, with regards to racism, and treating others equally?
I’ve had some very real, honest conversations with my daughters about racism and white privilege. Children are not born with hate. Children are not born racist. The younger you teach them about it, the better. I want my children, especially at a young age, to use their voices. To use their privilege. I am so proud of my middle daughter, Cora. She joined a new group at her elementary school, called the Equity Club. A group of parents and I are working to get a similar group started at the Intermediate school. The same group of parents have a “Westfield Parents for Change” Facebook group where we actively discuss and engage in racial equity and inclusion work in our schools and community. We recently started a survey and a petition to get many books changed out of the libraries. Starting small and starting in your own home and community is what will make the biggest difference.
What do you do to fight against racism and discrimination?