Horrendous injustices have rippled through America since the beginning of our country. Black people and people of color have always received unjust treatment. America was stolen from the Native Americans. America was founded upon racism. It’s a hard fact to swallow, especially as a white male who benefits from the racist system. The more I learn, the more I realize I need to “unlearn.”
I feel a responsibility to utilize The Better World Challenge as an outlet to share the voices of oppressed people. Stories about the heart-wrenching stories of what it’s like to be a person of color in America. Not for the badge of “good white honor,” but because it is the morally right thing to do. All humans deserve to belong in this world and have the safety to fully express themselves. The safety to walk down the street and not worry about being murdered for their skin color.
I won’t lie; I used to be a person that thought the “All lives matter” movement was valid. And then, as I began to learn more about the history and the current system we live in, I realized that it’s actually an exclusionary movement. Yes, of course, all lives matter. But, the point is that the killing of innocent black people stops now. It’s 2020, the time for the murder of black bodies is well overdue.
It goes so much further than police brutality. It’s the school to prison pipeline, unaffordable and inaccessible healthcare, redlining, job discrimination, racist labels, and so much more that drives our racist systems. Everything that we have learned can be unlearned. We can become a more equitable society if we listen and learn even when it’s uncomfortable. Challenge the status quo, because right now it’s not working for all of humanity. And that’s a problem. The Better World Challenge would like to invite you to help re-educate our society on the racist systems in place.
There is no pressure, though, just a call to action to spread the word and continue educating people. We are fighting hundreds of years of racism, and this will not end tomorrow, or the next day, the next week, or the next month. However, if we take action every day, we can create a better world for the next generation.