We Belong to One Another
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” –Mother Theresa
Today, as we witness the chaos and violence throughout our country in response to the tragic recent violent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, at the hands of white officers, I’ve been thinking a lot about Mother Theresa’s statement. At its heart, this is basic social contract theory — that as humans we have a responsibility to care for one another.
As nonprofit organizations, I believe we inherently subscribe to the social contract. We’ve committed ourselves professionally to working every day to fulfill missions that serve others.
Yet, like many, I keep asking myself, is that enough? What more can I – must I – do to make our world a just place for all humans – black, brown, white, lesbian, gay, transgender, immigrant, refugee (the list goes on)? In that spirit, I am sharing this list of things we can all commit to doing to fight racism in our country, courtesy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Please click on the link for detailed how-tos: https://nnedv.org/latest_update/8-everyday-ways-to-fight-racism/.
- Learn to recognize and understand your own privilege.
- Examine your own biases and consider where they have originated.
- Validate the experiences and feelings of people of color.
- Challenge the “colorblind” ideology.
- Call out racist “jokes” or statements.
- Find out how your company or school works to expand opportunities for people of color.
- Be thoughtful with your finances.
- Adopt and intersectional approach in all aspects of your life.
Thank you for all you do every day to make our world more just. Please share any additional resources or ideas you have in the comments section.
by: Molly Galo, Senior Consultant HPS Chicago