How To Be A Better Activist And Ally: Longevity And The Fight For Change
Let’s start off by checking in. How are you doing? How are you feeling? I hope you are taking the time to regroup and take care of yourself.
There’s been so much going on in the United States, from enduring a global pandemic, experiencing the hardships of an economic crisis, and— of course— the protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
While the pandemic has been nothing short of unsettling for all of us, light is finally shedding on the issues of police brutality that mostly affects Black Americans. While for some it may feel like things are getting “worse,” these protests are actually pulling back the veil of violence that has affected the Black community for hundreds of years.
The incredible displays of activism that have swarmed the nation have been so beautiful. But, before I get back to business, I want to talk about the importance of longevity for inspiring change.
Longevity and the fight for change
Whether you’re out marching in the streets, having those difficult conversations, donating, telling your stories, facilitating space for healing or calling up your politicians, your effort to show up (and to continue to show up) has begun to ripple through our country’s system of institutionalized racism.
But, this is just the beginning.
In order to be a better activist and ally, there’s a few changes you have to make in your life from here on out. Please, keep in mind that this isn’t an effort needed by some. Everyone needs to change how they walk, present themselves and take care of each other in this world.
Finding your individual power to ignite change
I love this infographic because it shows that all of our individual talents are needed to inspire real, systematic change. We bring our own ideas, thoughts, hearts, spirits, experiences and passions to the table and by standing true in our path and our purpose, we can collectively change in so many realms.
Never forget that activism for social change is multifaceted and all is helpful. So, as you wonder what to do next, take a look at this infographic and find where your truth lies. Are you a storyteller or a builder? How about a healer or a weaver? How can you channel this energy for the greater good?
By honing in on your strengths, you can find your unique superpower to uplift each other. At the end of the day, allyship is all about education, standing tall in the face of racism and injustice, treating others with respect and, of course, having those difficult conversations with the people in your life.
Steps for longevity in activism
Current proactivity is awesome but longevity is what makes a greater impact. So, continue to support by:
Engaging in activism, which includes but isn’t limited to donating, signing petitions, protesting and using your voice.
Checking in on yourself and your loved ones, facilitating those difficult conversations with your family (including your kids) and opening up to the path of healing.
Being mindful of where you spend your money, as well as the history and morals of the brands you purchase from.
Showing up to local elections and making long lasting change with your vote.
Educating yourself as much as possible on the history of Black Americans, what it means to be Black in America and, especially, the powerful work of Black poets and writers.
Leading by example and showing up with your actions. You have to talk it and walk it.
Healing and strength are both needed to rebuild. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Be sure to give yourself the space to heal as you continue to fight for us in the Black community. Thank you all for being here and for showing up.
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