“I Can Fix It!”

THINKING ABOUT RACE (January 2010): Conversations on racism often bring up the question of, “What can I do?” Learning about the history of science’s role in racism and the cultural barriers we erect around race can lead to feelings of guilt, anger, and frustration.  damali ayo is an artist, author, and speaker who has some constructive antidotes to these unproductive emotions.  In her work with groups discussing these issues, she has asked people for 5 things individuals can do to help end racism.  Here are the solutions in their own words.  -From “I Can Fix It!” at http://fixracism.com or http://damaliayo.com .

For White People:
Admit It: You have a race that makes a difference in your life too.
Listen
Educate Yourself
Broaden Your Experience
Take Action

For People of Color:

Get Real
Speak Out
Educate Yourself
Build Ties
Take Care of Yourself

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