The fear and anxiety in post-election America is almost unbearable to this self-acknowledged “nice white lady.” My body can hardly withstand it. It takes all of my most solid, go-to soulcare and selfcare just to stay in the game.
And then I remember.
My siblings of color (or with disabilities, who are LGBTQ, or, or, or …..) feel like this constantly.
This is not a new, sad, day in America. This is who we have been for a long, long time.
If you, like me, have been protected by priviledge, you may be overwhelmed right now.
You may be grieving. (It comes in waves.)
You may be trying to figure out how to lace up your boots.
You may be drowning in a million possible causes.
And you may know that you have to activate anyway.
For those of us who are mentors and thought-shapers, it is in our wheelhouse to help you with this. It’s what we’ve been trained to do. Curate information. Break it down into steps. Activate. Support along the way.
So, to the best of my ability that’s what I’m going to do.
Author Nicole Carty (see article here) has given us a three step process.
1.SHOW UP and PROTECT one another.
2. MODEL how the country should behave.
3. CALL VIOLENCE OUT so it cannot be ignored.
(repeat, repeat, repeat)
The first thing we need to do is to activate where we touch. Right here on our own bus routes, in our own neighborhoods. Here’s our action step for this week:
Learn how to intercede in the midst of hate speech, without escalating the situation.
Rehearse what you should do. Like literally, right now, out loud with your partner/coworker/reflection in a mirror. Here’s an actually sample script.
Wear the safety pin. Don’t wear the safety pin. The more important thing is to be ready.
Want to get even better at doing this? Read this fantastic article.
And please, if you found this helpful, please share it so we can activate and support others.
Here’s to right fit practices that let us live out our core values in doable, everyday ways. (Amen? Amen.)