Many of you expressed regret for not attending any protests over the weekend. Many of you expressed that you had no desire to attend a protest, but you still want to be an advocate for social justice and do your part as an activist in your communities. I’m just going to say that if you didn’t attend a protest or stand on the frontlines…that’s okay! I came across a recent post discussing that how as writers, artists, and creators, it is our job to speak about these things, but at the end of the day, in my opinion, they are just words. I’m more interested in how those words are received. I’m more interested in the actions behind those words, so yeah I can write a blog post about social injustice, police brutality, and political warfare again racism in the hopes that they will inspire you to get out there and do something or I can just show you the best way I know how.
There were a plethora of protests that took place in Jersey over the weekend and I could’ve taken a train to get to any of them, but instead I was at the public library assisting with a kid’s book club in Trenton. It dawned on me, that change began right there where I was at.
I thought about the kids. The next little girl that will walk in my shoes when she gets to the age 26 or the next little boy who will celebrate his eighteenth birthday in the years to come. Don’t get me wrong, I will fight for my brothers and sisters. I will fight with them, but for the people who don’t know how to do their part, I say start right where you are. For me, it was at that library, helping those children read.
Maybe protesting isn’t your thing, and it doesn’t have to be, but you’re really good at organizing workshops and programs for different audiences such as children, or teens or other ethnic groups. Maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe you’re a lawyer or someone interested in practicing law and you’d like to teach a compliance workshop or a “know your rights” class. Maybe you’re a doctor and want to discuss the mental and physical effects of protesting. Maybe you’re a teacher and want to teach an educational class on diversity and tolerance to small children. Maybe you’re a chef and you do your part by providing food and drinks for people who are protesting. Either way start wherever you are with whatever you have and that’s how you can do your part as a social activist.
What can you do with what you have?