Be the Change
Hey You! There is no doubt that we are living in a significant time in history. In the last 3 months, the entire world has been dealing with the magnitude of COVID-19 – quarantining and fragile economies, to name a few. Add to this, the death of George Floyd, a crime against humanity that is very heartbreaking. This blog is to provide information for ways you can make a difference against racial inequality.
Note: at the bottom of this blog I have included multiple sources of podcasts to listen to, articles to read, organizations to donate to, and petitions to sign. Not everyone can do everything, but everyone can do something.
There is so much to change, one of those being the American criminal justice system, which is very unjust. Black people make up 17% of the USA population, but they make up 89-90% of the prison population in the USA. Not all of those people convicted are innocent or guilty. They’re targeted by officers because of the color of their skin and plead guilty to get a shorter sentence than if they pleaded innocent and went in front of a jury.
The death of George Floyd and the many other lives that have been taken by racial profiling and unjust actions are heartbreaking. In the past few days I found an episode by The School of Greatness Podcast by Lewis Howes with Michael Beckwith, a minister and the founder of the Agape institute, that offered a wonderful view point of everything that is going on in the world right now; regarding the virus, presidency, and the Black Lives Matter movement. A few months ago, when the outbreak of COVID-19 was just beginning, spiritual thought leaders and practitioners were called to meditate, set intentions, and envision what they wanted as a result of quarantine – to raise the vibration of the Earth. This is something that’s mentioned in the above stated podcast and something me, and my family participated in. During the outbreak of COVID-19, we were living on the verge of an apocalyptic state. When the spiritual leaders and practitioners around the world helped raise the vibration of the earth, it began to reveal the faults of our world, and lead the people to acknowledge these faults with the intention of changing them.
Change needs to happen but we need to be strategic, right now there is no leader of the protests. We need to move to a state of strategy to articulate our vision of what we want to change and how we want things to change specifically. “Change the normal, change the status quo so that peace and justice can prevail in our lives and in all of our institutions” – Michael Beckwith
Ask yourself, what is it that’s mine to do? Again, everyone can’t do everything, but everyone can do something. There are multiple ways you can help progress this movement of change. In my American Government class, we were assigned to take political action a few weeks ago. So many of us called/emailed our legislators, senators, and mayors to speak up about an issue we cared about. That is one way you can help now, you can google your local representatives and officials and speak to them about some of your ideas to help create change. I would recommend calling them, because their email inbox gets flooded with emails daily. But the point is, you do not have to be a specific age to start talking and expressing what you support and stand for. In the state of Washington, you are legally allowed to vote in elections at the age of sixteen. Not a lot of people know that because they think the law is eighteen in every state, however that’s not the case. You can sign petitions, you can make donations, you can make signs and hang them in your car windows, you can educate yourself and your loved ones about relative material.
The peaceful protests are wonderful, it’s amazing to see every city in the United States coming together and showing up for this movement of change. However, we know that in most cities these peaceful protests have gotten out of hand with rioting and looting. But the rioting and looting isn’t started by the peaceful protesters, it’s started by white supremacists and anarchists who are taking advantage of the situation to create violence and mayhem. So, if you do go to peaceful protest, remain peaceful. I understand there is a lot of anger towards being unheard and the fact we’ve all been quarantined for three months doesn’t help the situation either. But, if something starts to get out of hand, stay safe, be smart and get yourself out of that situation – that goes for any situation in life too. If you choose to participate in a protest, think about wearing goggles or glasses (in case of pepper spray or tear gas), wear a mask (because we all have been quarantined for three months and haven’t been exposed to any kind of foreign germ, thus resulting in a weaker immune system), turn your face recognition and thumb print off (that’s how you can be tracked), bring signs, speak up, and make change!
If you don’t want to protest but still want to contribute in some way, you can create signs and put them in your windows. You can also make donations to organizations! Some organizations to look into to see if they align with you are listed below.
If you are above the age of sixteen in the state of WA, you are legally allowed to vote. Please register! If you are outside of WA, please check your local state requirements regarding your right to vote.
If you are white, educate yourself and acknowledge your white privilege. That is taking a big step toward change because it’s never before been called to recognition. White people have never experienced minority, or the fear of their life at risk because of the color of their skin. A part of compassion is being able to walk in another’s shoes and experience their pain. Don’t be afraid to have the conversation, educate yourself and together with the rest of our brothers and sisters we can be the change.
There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year and its only June. We’ve all seen the memes about what new level of Jumanji we are going to be advancing in next or when the UFOs will show up. A lot of our summer vacations have been cancelled, people’s senior years have been cancelled, so why not just cancel the year of 2020 all together? But “what if 2020 isn’t cancelled? What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw – that it finally forces us to grow. A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber. A year we can finally accept the need for change. Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we can finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart. 2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather the most important year of them all” – Leslie Dwight.
SHOWS TO WATCH:
- 13th (Netflix)
- American Son (Netflix)
- Black Lives Matter activist videos
- Dear White People (Netflix)
- The Skin We’re In (CBS)
- When They See Us (Netflix)
Podcasts to listen to:
Articles to read:
PETITIONS TO SIGN:
ORGANIZATION TO DONATE TO:
I hope you enjoyed this blog and found it educational to some degree. I want to highlight that black lives matter, as all lives matter – the situation isn’t black versus white, it’s good versus evil. If you want to talk to someone about the change that is happening not only in the US but around the world, you can email me of DM me through my or the Advanced Teens Instagram. Share this with a friend or loved one to help them understand the importance of this time right now. Don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list!
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With Awareness and Compassion,