As we reflect back on Charlottesville, and events like it, we are often lost in a sea of wondering “what can we do?” and “how should we respond?”.
Lord, give us the hearts to do good and a stirring to seek justice. Let us not just speak against oppression but actively correct it, being the change we want to see in this world. Let us stand for justice, stand for others, use whatever we have to raise up and protect others. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Some practical things you can do:
- Donate to victim funds to cover medical and other expenses. Donate to counter-protestor legal funds to cover legal expenses incurred. Please use wisdom and discernment here.
- Support anti-racism organizations through financial support or volunteer/activism.
- Be willing to put your name to petitions and letter writing campaigns to local politicians that fight racism or call for policy change.
- Coordinate, participate, or volunteer at local community forums to address racism in your community.
- Use your voice to stand in the gap, advocating for those who are oppressed. Not just with letter writing campaigns but in the grocery stores and doctors offices. Places where we encounter every day racism, bigotry, and discrimination.
- Hold people from political offices to your immediate family accountable for the words and behaviors they exhibit, including yourself.
- Set a better example for the next generation by intentionally expanding your group of friends to include people from other countries and cultures. Take time to learn about other cultures, attend festivals in your area, etc.
- Read, read, and read. Have a willingness to read and gain perspective from those on the other side of oppression. Take what you read and ask your friends to share their take and experiences.