I have been at a loss for words watching the events in Charlottesville unfold all weekend. I’ve wanted to write something, but every time I try to put words on paper I find millions of competing thoughts and emotions making it too difficult to write anything coherent, let alone profound.
Instead, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the great ideas, calls to action and resources we’ve seen in the last two days to try and make sense of the senseless.
Ask Your Legislators to Take A Stand
Our friends at RISE Together NC have pulled together a call script asking North Carolina representatives and the White House to condemn the White Supremacist Rally and Acts of Terror in Charlottesville. They are also calling into question the NCGA HB 330, a bill that would, in certain circumstances, relieve motorists from liability if they hit protesters with motor vehicles. You can find the scripts for both topics here.
There is also a Change.org petition circulating asking the NCGA to repeal SB 22, which prevents local governments from removing any “object of remembrance located on public property.” This bill was signed into law by former Gov. McCrory, making it much harder to take local legal action to remove these statues. Sign the Petition Here.
Support the Southern Poverty Law Center
There are groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center who fight against hate, bigotry, racism and white supremacists on a daily basis. They have published an excellent resource with multiple ways to turn your anger into real action, so find something that speaks to you and do it! 10 Ways to Fight Hate in Our State.
Now more than ever, they need our financial support so they can continue this important work. Donate to SPLC Here
Examine the Ways We Allow White Supremacy to Live On in America
The Reformed African American Network posted a thought provoking article today on the subtle and not so subtle ways white supremacy is allowed to exist in America. It’s worth a read so we can all understand the nuances and take action to correct them.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville
When it’s hard for adults to comprehend events happening in the world, it’s next to impossible to explain them to children. A Mighty Girl pulled together some resources to help parents do just that.
- For books for children and teens about Mighty Girls taking a stand against hatred and prejudice of all kinds, visit our blog post “Standing Together: 50 Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Diversity and Acceptance” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=13481
- For stories of girls and women confronting prejudice in many forms – be it due to gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, or religion – visit our “Prejudice & Discrimination” book section at http://amgrl.co/1eKNGjg
- For an excellent new parenting book filled with practical advice on how to build kids’ empathy and compassion for others, we highly recommend “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World”, visit http://www.amightygirl.com/unselfie
- And, for two wonderful books that help foster children’s compassion for others by giving them a visual way to think about kindness, we highly recommend “Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” for ages 4 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/have-you-filled-a-bucket-today) and its sequel “Growing Up With A Bucket Full Of Happiness” for ages 9 to 12 (http://www.amightygirl.com/growing-up-with-a-bucket-full-of…)
One of our Stronger Moms also shared her story about the difficult conversation she had with her nine year old son this morning. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt account of the incredibly difficult position parents of African American children are in when these events take place.