Simply put, social justice is about human flourishing.
It’s about us living our best lives together.
It is not just about showing up for one another but it is also about how we show up.
Racism in the U. S has consequences. It requires all of us to live our lives in oppressive systems with awareness and intentionality.
Awareness and intentionality allow us to fight despair and build hope.
Awareness and intentionality allow us to hold each other and our selves accountable for dismantling those systems that hold us separate.
At the core of social justice is critical self-reflection. As with all personal growth work, it is an ongoing process, there’s always another layer to pull back, another piece of information or lesson to learn.
Our understanding of oppression, privilege and social identities (gender, sexuality, race, ability, etc.) are guaranteed to continue to evolve, and with that evolution comes opportunities to grow, challenge one’s beliefs, and figure out how to integrate new understandings into our work and life.
This self-work helps us find our people, those already committed to this work. It helps us build alliances and coalitions.
We question together.
We challenge together.
We dream together.
We disrupt together.
We do this because we can only get free together.
We don’t get free without the self-reflection, analysis, the lens that social justice asks us to develop.
You might not know where to start, and it might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
You will not be alone in this. You can’t do this alone. We have to
It’s an all-hands-on-deck kind of thing –oppressive systems ain’t gonna break themselves.
Let’s go get to work