9 Words about: RACISM

Jun 12, 2020 | VOCABULARY

I have recently been very hesitant to repost threads about #blacklivesmatter thinking that my friends are already bombarded with the news constantly appearing on mainstream media, especially social networks. Neither do I think I am in a good position to verbalize about the issue, because I am nowhere near a social activist, an author, or an influencer.

But then I feel I just can’t turn a blind eye to it. Educating myself on the subject matter is the least that I can do.

In that sense, the purpose of this post goes far beyond providing you with must-know vocabulary regarding the topic. My humble attempt is to encourage you to read and listen more to become racially literate. That is our first step before even talking about how to solve it, not to mention this is a pervasive issue which necessitates collective effort. Only when we are knowledgeable about the status quo will we be able to understand the mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on black communities, thwart misconceptions from clouding your judgment, make informed decisions, and make this world a better place for us all.

We might not be every educated on police brutality, racial injustice and white supremacy before George’s news as we have not encountered those personally, yet it is crucial that we educate ourselves and fight together.

Perhaps we will never be able to strike a truly egalitarian society where we are entirely free of racism and discrimination, but armed with well-educated citizens we are heading towards it.

Useful resources to teach yourself about racism

The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/08/understanding-racism-inequality-america/?arc404=true&itid=lb_george-floyds-death-what-you-need-to-know_enhanced-template_5

TED talks https://www.ted.com/playlists/250/talks_to_help_you_understand_r

National Public Radio (NPR) https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/06/871023438/this-list-of-books-films-and-podcasts-about-racism-is-a-start-not-a-panacea

References

Online Cambridge Dictionary https://dictionary.cambridge.org

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