BLACK LIVES MATTER

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the past few years, and which has been made all the more urgent to me now (and which I wish had been more urgent to me earlier) is that I, as a white male, have a lot to learn and a lot of work to do.

As white people, it’s easy to say that all lives matter. But it hasn’t been obvious in any meaningful way in our society, that black lives matter. In fact, it’s clear, that black lives haven’t mattered in so many aspects.

This page is directly relevant to the rest of my website in that it represents the kind of world in which I would like to live and create art. That, of course, would be a world in which we all have the same kind of chances in life, are regarded with the same kind of respect by all aspects of society, and all live with a general sense of well-being and safety.

With that in mind, this is a growing list of things we can do, as white individuals, to help change the way we think and how we act, and make our world more accepting of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Listen to the podcast, Code Switchnot just once… every episode. It’s relevant for all of us.

Subscribe to Code Switch here

This is just one podcast from the black and brown perspective, and there are many more

 

Frequent black-owned businesses.

The Tacoma News Tribune (I live in Tacoma) has a list of black-owned restaurants
Go to list

and the Tacoma Urban League has a database of black-owned businesses
Go to database 

Go to people-of-color-owned theatre (when we can actually go to theatre again). Here in Tacoma, there are a couple. Find out what exists around you.

Empathos Company

Dukesbay Theatre

Screaming Butterflies Productions 

The Business Case for Racial Equity: I’ve long thought (and this is not original) that things don’t change until it’s economically advantageous for those in power to make change. This is probably true, too, for race relations in many ways. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has made the argument that creating equity is¬†advantageous for us all.

See the W.K. Kellogg Business Case for Racial Equity

See the W.K. Kellogg Opportunity Equity Info-Graphic

 

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