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I call out racism
I see it

Sun, Jun 14, 2020 | Model info | Footnotes

I call out racism every time I see it. Even if it’s uncomfortable. Even if it’ll make things awkward. It’s not a threat, just a cation, so that if you plan on being racist in front of me, know that I will say something. And if you think something you want to say or do might be racist, it is. And if you didn’t realize the thing you did or said was racist, I will do my best to help you see why it was and hope that you acknowledge it and change. And if I accidentally say or do something racist, I hope others will call me out too. Some racist things are so engrained in our culture, white people don’t always realize they’re being racist. That’s ok. We just have to be willing to see it and change. Calling out racism is not an attack; it is an act of love.

Racism is based in fear and/or ignorance, and I will do my best to share a perspective of love and knowledge to get you to change your perspective when I call you out. This is a “cation” the same way that a police officer going to jail for killing a black man or woman in cold blood is a cation. There are consequences to bigotry. If you refuse to turn off the fear and change it for love, if you refuse to educate yourself about why racism is illogical and hateful and cruel, then it’s best if you keep it to yourself. People should not feel empowered to speak and act on their racist thoughts. And if they do, we have to teach them why that is not ok. With my privilege as a white woman and as a person who is good with words and can use logic as a sharp tool for education, it’s my job to call out racism whenever it is present. I will keep educating myself to become aware of the subtler forms of racism and call those out too. And you can too. If more of us did this, we could help to eradicate this hate from the hearts and minds of our peers. It’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference as just one person, but you can. Your actions will have a domino effect on society. Many individual actions add up to big change.