by Kathie MM
So, for 2018, will you be content resolving to lose weight and/or get more exercise or do you want to aim a little higher—for world peace, for example? Or maybe just greater peace in your neighborhood and country?
Take a chance. Aim high. Resolve to take on the scourge of racialopathy.
Here are some resolutions suggested by Jaime Grant, Director of the Global Transgender Research and Advocacy Project, back in 2015 They are more than ever morally necessary and everyone can promise and pursue at least one of them.
“Stop saying — and especially stop telling your children — that ‘race doesn’t matter.’ Open your eyes to the impacts of racism all around you; point out the ways racism is playing out in your path and help other white people understand their unearned privileges and their attendant responsibility to dismantle racism.”
“Don’t think of yourself as “doing good” or “giving back” by addressing racism; understand that you are making reparations but that you will never share the jeopardy that racism presents to your peers of color. You are benefitting from a daily racist ‘pass.’”
“Campaign for and fund candidates at the local and national level that address racism in local, national and foreign policy.”
“Organize, teach and challenge other white people to address systemic racism…
a. Share anti-racist tools and articles on social media;
b. bring friends to local actions;
c. challenge racist frameworks and lies among your peers;
d. collect and disseminate excellent research and literature;
e. disseminate anti-racist art;
f. organize an anti-racist study group or action;
g. interrupt racism as you encounter it.”
Acting on such resolutions would make for a more honorable new year–and maybe that’s a better pursuit than more personal happiness.