"Enlightenment or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs, but the recognition of what already is." - Alan Watts, British Writer
I was invited to a virtual dinner this week and the acronym for the event was GATE. It stood for Give, Ask, Thanks or Experiment. The reason for this was at the dinner (which used to be in person) you got to spend time with another attendee and do one of these four things.
As a networker myself, I’ve often used the three I’s: Information, Invitation or Introduction, which is what you provide another person with when you meet them, but GATE really got me thinking.
In light of everything going on right now with Black Lives Matter and Racial Justice Reform, I wanted to think about a way to lift up the black community, as best as I’m able. The best way I know to do that is through messaging. Believe me, I’ve been listening, reading, digesting, discussing and “feeling, healing and dealing,” but I also want to be a resource to amplify voices of those, who have for too long, been kept down. So if you truly want to educate yourself and work to create a world we can all be proud of, here are some places to start...
Give: Your Time, Money, Signature & Ears
TIME: Our most precious resource. Use it wisely.
Protest: Find one near you
Canvas: and register people to vote
Talk: to your friends and family with this guide
MONEY: Put your money where your mouth is.
Download the Official Black Wall Street App and support black owned businesses
Learn about financial literacy and its impact on the black community
SIGNATURE: Sign these petitions.
Defund the Police (It’s not what you think. Do the research.)
EARS: Listen to these podcasts and talks.
1619 Podcast on the history of slavery
Racism has a cost for everyone (Ted Talk)
In Recovery Podcast - Racism is an addiction
Throughline Podcast - Police in America
EYES: Read these books.
ASK: How Your Black Friends Are Doing
Check in, often. Don’t ask them how to help you understand. It’s not their job to teach us as white people. Ask how you can support them.
THANK: Protestors, activists and friends
Reach out to people you know who are doing good, supporting the cause and doing the work and let them know you appreciate it.
EXPERIMENT: Listen, feel and see differently
Get uncomfortable. And then get more so. This won’t happen overnight. Nothing ever does. But you can change. You can be more aware. You can be more understanding. And you can make a difference.