We're outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery – but just saying that, it’s simply not enough. To say that we're heartbroken for George’s wife and daughter – it’s not enough. We're grieving their loss and angry for having to do so, but, that's not enough.
We've been fighting for social justice for young mothers and it's time for a reckoning.
It might seem like educational equity is a different fight than the Black Lives Matter movement, but it isn't. We can't continue to sidestep the fact that ending the cycle of poverty won’t happen without also dismantling the institutions and policies that keep Black communities trapped.
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At the core of every social justice issue we fight for, including educational inequity, is the fight against racism.
We have work to do so that not one more Black mother has to mourn the loss of her child and that no more Black children have to ask why their parents were killed.
We’ve seen how racism and prejudice impact our young mothers, how generation after generation inherit its negative consequences - how they inherit poverty. Healing the trauma and addressing racism head on means we have to step up and stop the spread of racism in our everyday lives.
We're the ones being called on right now, because we're the ones privileged enough to vote and the ones with the resources to make an impact. We can't put the fight on the next generation or solely on our Black communities, it’s us, here and now.
We must address every barrier young families face, most importantly racial inequality; because without it, we'll continue to see racism and bias limit their potential. Racism must end with us, so that every child in every future generation can thrive.
The fight against racism didn’t start with us but it can and needs to end with us.
This is what we're doing at Teen Success to turn our outrage into positive change:
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Donate to African-American led organizations fighting for racial equality
Studies show that Black led organizations are often the least funded. Invest in their work and elevate the voices of Black-led organizations making change. Here is a starting list of some potential organizations to donate to:
Embrace difficult conversations and avoid assumptions about race, oppression and equity
Though you may not know what to say, research it, share what you learn, engage in conversation, and stay open to learning from others. Here are some helpful resources to get started (if you're interested in purchasing any of the books listed below click here to find a Black-owned bookseller to purchase from).
Commit to being anti-racist in your public and private life
It’s a privilege to educate ourselves and others about systemic racism, instead of experiencing it first-hand.
Examine your bias
Everyone is biased in one way or another. Acknowledging it is the first step in overcoming it.
Vote and demand more from your civic leaders
Choose leaders who will dismantle racist policies and reform police practices. Don’t stop at voting, write and call local and state officials to demand they take action now. Then check out the work Emerge America is doing to get women leaders of color into office.
Keep the conversation going beyond the media attention
Let's have more conversations on racism and inequity affecting our communities and if you're already taking action for racial justice, especially for youth, let us know in the comments below so that we can do better too.
For now, we leave you with this quote from Bryan Stevenson, “The opposite of poverty is justice.”
Listening, learning, and taking action.
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