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Defend “me” when you’re not with “me”.
Explanation: "Me" doesn't mean a personal attack on "me", for if something derogatory is said about any person of color-- it is a derogatory statement about "me" because the person making the statement is not differentiating.... they are generalizing. In the presence of others, if you know what is being said is not true or wrong, say something. Take that time to educate others.
Explanation: Some people don’t know much history outside of what was taught in history class. Expand your knowledge outside the typical Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Park talks. Research historical events or people such as Malcolm X, Emmett Till, Central Park 5, Tulsa Massacre (Black Wallstreet) to get a understanding of how blacks were mistreated. Additionally, research recent killings against unarmed black people-- just because a black person fits the description doesn't mean they are guilty.
Don’t assume your black friends have never experienced racism.
Explanation: You maybe surprised that more have actually experienced it than not. Have the talk to understand what they have dealt with.
Yes, we know "black on black" crimes exist. Is it a problem, of course. But that’s based on the community in which they live. We care to end "black on black" crime just as much. However, it is look upon more as a stereotype when there is also "white on white", "latino on latino" etc.. These facts do not take away from cops killing unarmed blacks. Cops take an oath to protect and serve all people.
Asks questions. Listen to learn. Evaluate your own life situations and how you were taught to view blacks or other people of color.
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