Here are 5 key takeaways from our Conversation on Racial Equality & Equity, held on Thursday, June 18, based on comments in the breakout groups. For a full list of notes from these sessions, see blog post titled "Comments from Conversation on Racial Equality."
- US History class left a lot out and we want to learn more about the impact of slavery, Jim Crow, government policy and other contributors to the systemic racismwe continue to see in our society.
- But we're learning already. Many of us are coming to terms with the reality and meaning of white privilege and recognizing that we all have a role to play in achieving black justice.
- We feel caught between disbelief and anger about the fact that we are still dealing with this issue as a society and, while we're hopeful that the current awakening will lead to change, we're also afraid it will not last long enough for real progress to be achieved.
- We want to engage directly, find ways to take effective action, and connect in an authentic way with people of color, but many of us don't know where to begin.
- We want to better understand how to be effective allies in this cause. As one participant noted, how we make a difference comes down to "MINT": how we invest our Money, our Ideas, our Networks, and our Time in this effort.