"The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
These past few weeks have been overwhelming for all of us, but taking small steps to becoming more educated, vocal, and taking a stand against racism will help us all unite and become better allies to the black community who have been fighting the battle for justice and equality on their own far too long. Anti-Indigenous racism and discrimination is also rampant and has its own deep seated roots and scars in Canadian history.
A bit of a personal background on myself: I'm an Asian gal from Canada. Asian Americans/Canadians have always been seen as the model minority: quiet and compliant. It's been used as a survival tactic in the past with immigrants but now we are part of a new generation that can break this healthy cycle of silence and break free of the model minority myth. I'm not okay allowing future generations of Asians grow up and believe they have the right to remain quiet on issues regarding race and equality. Not only is it ignorant but also leads to false sense of privilege and adds fuel to white supremacy. We do have a voice and it can be used help educate and inform the spheres around us, starting with our own circle of friends and family. I really encourage and support my fellow friends in the Asian community to help take the steps to stand up for other races. We cannot be selective with our activism and expect solidarity unless we learn to step up for other people of colour.
Books have always been an important resource for myself personally, and I've found myself loving reading about stories from other races to learn about what kind of struggles they've gone through to gain understanding and insight. Over the past year, I've actually indulged in a few black authors and have found their stories to be inspirational and also eye-opening into the discrimination and injustice they've been facing for years and years. They are exemplary examples of what it is to be human while enduring incredible hardship. It seems inadequate to only repost information that's already been shared so I'd like to share a few resources that I've already read and highly recommend:
'The Sun Does Shine' - Anthony Ray Hinton
'Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption' - Bryan Stevenson
'Born a Crime' - Trevor Noah
'Becoming' - Michelle Obama
The '13th' documentary on Netflix is also very informational and beautifully edited.
I definitely will be continuing to read more, listen, and learn. There are also more resources (books, movies/documentaries/podcasts) on my Instagram stories that we can all check out. As humans, we all have the capacity in ourselves to do better and act by what is right so that every human is treated equal regardless of their skin colour. 👊🏻👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿