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5 Takeaways from Conversation on Racial Equality

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5 Takeaways from Conversation on Racial Equality
By Doug Dickson
Posted: 2020-06-25T11:43:00Z
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 notedhow we make a difference comes down to "MINT"how we invest our Money, our Ideas, our Networks, and our Time in this effort.
Encore Boston Network is committed to hosting additional Conversations and webinars about the issue of systemic racism.  We would love to hear from you about possible topics or ideas. Please leave your ideas or thoughts about this summary in the Comments section below.
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