Two tangible things you can do in response to racism
Updated: Sep 14
“There is a massive gap between making a point and making a difference.” – Joseph Sojourner
As I write this, it is the end of May and the end of a lot of oppressed people’s ropes. As we sit, it seems as if the most prolific pandemic in this country is not Coronavirus, but instead systemic racism.
With two horrific high-profile murders happening merely months apart, chaos has ensued.
Business are being burnt down, streets are overrun with riots and common ground seems so distant.
Regardless of what side you are on or skin color you have, we can all agree on one thing: This is a problem. A problem that seems to continue to fester and grow with each passing day.
With that, I want to provide two tangible things you can do in response to this problem. The problem of racism in our country.
Number One: Use your voice/platform and speak up.
If you’ve already come to grips with the fact that racism exists and is a problem, this is your next step. If you have not, check out this blog I wrote a couple weeks ago – I think it will provide you a powerful perspective.
I’ve been in conversations and overheard others where individuals admit they are uncomfortable taking a side or voicing their opinion. Even though they agree that what happened is terrible.
Discomfort in this time is understandable, but it’s not a valid excuse to remain silent. This cause needs YOUR voice. Whether you are Black, White, Asian, Hispanic or any race – your voice is valuable.
Why? Because conversations had and posts on social media create AWARENESS. And awareness leads to accountability. And accountability is the catalyst for a change in action – which is what we are after.
A change in action on how minorities in this country are treated and dis-positioned to the majority.
For example, share articles on your Facebook regarding the issue, post on your Instagram story, have the conversation at the dinner table. This is crucial. Because you can’t solve a problem without first acknowledging it exists.
Number Two: Pray
I know what you’re thinking: “What a typical Christian thing to say.” You’re right, it is a typical thing to say, but not a typical thing that people do.
Here’s the fact of the matter: Prayer is the difference between what you can do and what God can do.
If you think that a problem this large will be solved without the divine intervention of God softening and working in hearts, you are very misled.
With that, pray bold, specific prayers over our nation.
Pray that God would provide wisdom to our political leaders and decision makers.
Pray for the pain in the hearts of those who are oppressed to be soothed.
Pray for the oppressors that their hearts be softened, and their eyes opened.
Pray for the peace and clarity of God to come over all of us in this trying time.
Lastly, pray for God to be immensely glorified during this season and for many to come to know Him.