By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
If I cannot make immediate change, I can protest. I can make signs. I can wear a mask. I can march alongside the black community in solidarity.
If I cannot take action, I can donate to NAACP, to protesters’ bail funds, to George Floyd’s family, to Breonna Taylor’s family, and to black-owned businesses.
If I cannot donate, I can sign petitions. I can call my mayor. I can call Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis. I can start uncomfortable conversations with my family, with my friends, and address issues. I can educate myself – with articles, literature, film, textbooks, and conversation – about this nation’s history, its roots of slavery, of racism, of systemic oppression. I can say victims’ names. I can elevate black voices and amplify them on social media. I can call people out – on their language, on their behavior, on their prejudice.