All of us at Optima Group have been moved and saddened watching the tragic news about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. While much has been written about these killings and the continuation of the racial injustice and inequality that exists in our country, change takes action. Here are some things we can all do to promote positive change.If you or a friend is an educator, buy books that feature people of color as protagonists and heroes. A few good lists are
1. NPR, GrassROOTS Community Foundation, Mahogany Books, and Today’s Parent.
2. Watch and share this video of Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking about his experience as a black student telling people that he wanted to be a scientist and astrophysicist.
3. Work with your local police departments and town government to ensure that body cameras are available (and turned on) and promote high-quality police de-escalation training.
4. Promote the hiring of black educators where black children are being taught. If you want to know more about why and how this makes a difference for black children, check out this episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast.
5. Support the ACLU, NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, United Negro College Fund, Black Youth Project 100, Color of Change, the Equal Justice Initiative or an organization of your choice that focuses on racial equality and justice.
6. Support black businesses. You can find them at WeBuyBlack, The Black Wallet, and Official Black Wall Street.
Together we must transform the United States into a country where all people are treated with dignity and respect. A nation where no one will have to look over their shoulder and fear for their lives because of the color of their skin.