Giving Power to Muted Voices
In continuation of our support for Racial discrimination and injustice, its important to take a minute to listen instead of acting on the constant urge that we sometimes feel to speak out.
Especially right now where a lot of us are feeling the need to support and help this cause gain further momentum, the biggest power we can gain is the education on a topic that history should have long since closed the book on.
Unfortunately as we are very aware, this has not been the case. Black lives are still facing an injustice and they are still suffering unnecessarily.
In this day and age, all lives – races, genders, identities, beliefs and religions should matter.
Having to constantly defend against your skin colour, or your identity is just as prevalent now as it was 50 years ago.
As a human race we have made huge leaps and strides when it comes to technology, construction, education, health and science – however when it comes down to being human, our growth has been at a stand still.
And its been at a stand still for decades.
In order for us to grow and move forward as one species, we need to embrace the individuals that make us up as a whole.
We need to listen to needs, wants, fears and concerns. We need to educate ourselves on social injustices, policing tactics, and historical figures.
We need to support mentally, physically, verbally, and monetarily if possible to give flight to the resources and causes that give people strength, give people hope, and help people move past the stumbling blocks that may be placed in front of them.
We need to respect each other and never judge a book by its cover – or a person by their skin colour.
We need to learn from history and make the world a better and safer place for ourselves, our children, our neighbours and our neighbours children.
So what can we do to help – to ensure a peaceful forward momentum?
Listen to the voices that are screaming for help. Stop and really hear what they are trying to say.
Give support to their cause by listening, learning, and taking the time to educate yourself on a topic that should have long been abolished.
Educate your friends and your family and rather than argue, shed light on a dark situation.
Teach your children about history, how things have progressed and developed, and how things have stopped and what we can do to help.
Embrace cultural differences especially when it comes down to skin tone and beliefs.
Accept that having differences doesn’t make you enemies, but brings diversity and helps to build a stronger foundation.
Look into local organizations that help support and educate on this topic. Become engaged with their platform and use it as a tool to further broaden your mindset.
If you’re able, donate to charities that support this cause. Both locally and abroad. The best place you can start if you don’t have a lot to give, is closer to home. Your community needs your support the most. Starting there will not only support those in your community who are less fortunate, but will in time help you as well.
Look into stores that are run by the Black community. Often the proceeds they make go back into supporting their cause, so being able to support and shop within their community directly, is a great way to show support while still getting something back from them.
Together we can put an end to something that should have ended years ago.
We can finally close the book on discrimination and the injustice and brutality that goes with it.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.