10 things everyone can do to fight racism in LGBTQ Atlanta

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The time is now for everyone to actively end racism. It’s not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist. Here’s what we all can do to turn the tide against hatred and toward the cause of racial justice within LGBTQ circles and in our other intersectional communities.

Listen

Don’t diminish others’ experiences by comparing your own hardships or struggles. Ears open, mouth shut, mind on healing.

When Talking, Ask Questions

If engaged on the topic of racism, ask open ended questions. Admit you might not know everything. Repeat what you’ve heard, and ask if you’re getting it right.

Privilege Check

What does it mean to be white? What allowances, opportunities and assumptions do you get automatically that you may not have previously recognized?

Remember It’s Not About You

Don’t express your own lack of racism when the topic comes up. It’s not extraordinary; it’s mandatory.

Challenge Racism

You’re not “respecting” that old uncle by avoiding or ignoring him. If necessary, learn how to engage without escalating.

Further Visibility

With intention, include diverse peoples in your work, your play, your discussions, your acknowledgements, your spaces.

Educate Yourself

Other people are not your encyclopedia. People of color or of other backgrounds than you aren’t here to further your understanding. Find appropriate times and ask permission to “interview” people.

Witness Out Loud

If you hear racist remarks or see discrimination in action, speak up. Let everyone else know you heard and are not OK with it, and learn to do so in productive, defusing ways.

No Medal for You

Don’t expect congratulations or rewards for doing the right thing. It’s not other people’s job to approve or certify your edification.

Be Yourself

Well, unless that self is racist. Find opportunities to further the cause that fit your personality and interests. Incorporate it into the life you already lead.

This feature originally appeared in QATLus magazine. Read the latest issue online here:

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