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​​​​​​​How to Take Action Against Inequality, Now

Written by Nicole Copsis    on June 6, 2020    in


How to Take Action Against Inequality, Now

Black neighbors - we see you. We hear you. We stand with you. We also know that actions speak louder than words and that while the power of social media is strong, it is not enough to make real, lasting change without actions to back up the messages we all share.

Below is an evolving list of resources we have found helpful, that you too can use to educate yourself, guide your conversations with children, deepen your understanding of systemic racism and inequality (as well as give you the tools needed to talk about it), and support local Black- led nonprofits and Black-owned businesses as a way to advocate for them.

Charlotte - we need your help. Please send us additional resources for us to consider including as we continue to grow this list and identify ways to learn, take action, and ultimately take steps towards a more informed and compassionate community, together. 

If you have not yet, please take a moment to read our statement of renewed commitment here.

EDUCATE YOURSELF:

 HAVE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS:

  • Listen to this segment from On Point Radio titled “How To Talk To Your Kids About Race, Racism And Police Violence”

  • Here is an easy to follow guide for Discussing Difficult Situations With Your Children. For more resources for talking about race, racism, and racialized violence with kids, go here

  • Our friends at Profound Gentlemen shared that they have been using a tool made by Deepa Iyer to help uncover each of their roles in creating a Beloved Community Ecosystem. You can use this tool and reflection guide with your team, household, or during personal reflection time.

  • One easy first step to approaching conversations about race and inequality is to broaden your circle of relationships. Read this example of how one local group of women is intentionally doing just that. 

  • The Wall Street Journal published an article titled How to Talk to Your Children About the Protests consisting of advice for parents from pediatricians, educators and other experts on conversations about race and violence surrounding the demonstrations.

  • Check out this list of 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say To Your Child to Advance Racial Justice.

SUPPORT BLACK-LED, BLACK-BENEFITING CHARLOTTE NONPROFITS:

Did you know:  There is racial inequality even within philanthropy?  Read this recently published research titled Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color to learn how race plays a part in philanthropic funding.

  • A local Black nonprofit leader recently shared that he believes gifts from community members, partners and board members are forms of honest and authentic advocacy. SHARE Charlotte has created this filter on our website to help you easily identify, learn more about, and advocate for SHARE’s Mecklenburg County Black-led, Black-benefiting  nonprofit partners.    

SUPPORT BLACK OWNED LOCAL BUSINESSES:

USE YOUR VOICE:

  • If you are  peacefully protesting- be sure you know your protesters’ rights.

  • Exercise your First Amendment rights and write to local elected officials for the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, or the State of North Carolina, here! (Press the ‘search’ with “Charlotte, NC” already populated, or enter your personal address).

  • VOTE. Not registered? Go here