There are few industries as diverse as the hospitality industry, and so as a member of, and leader in, the hospitality industry, I feel like it’s my duty to lend my voice to members of our community who are hurting.
However, I don’t think my voice is enough, and so I’m hoping this resource will be helpful to those members of our community who also want to support our black community members with more than just words. This is a post that will give our white community members suggestions of where they can go and Learn, Listen, and Act. It’s my hope it’ll make us a better, stronger, and more supportive community. It’s not an exhaustive resource, but it’s a start.
There is much about America’s history with race that you likely didn’t learn growing up or in school (or even college), especially if you’re white. You’ve heard a lot about systemic and structural racism over the last several days — and some may be wondering what that means. America has seen over the last several years the remaining injustice in our policing practices that have always been there. It is a product of a systemically racist and discriminatory structure.
Michael Eric Dyson, Sociology Professor at Georgetown University, said that Black America needs people to want to invest time in actually learning about this discrimination if we are going to turn this moment into action and policy reforms. From removing monuments used as symbols of black oppression to housing and education reforms. The place to start is understanding the history. It’s hard to read, it’s challenging to learn, and it will be a tough reflection. But as MLK so eloquently said, in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.
These are a few places, people, and pieces that have inspired me. I hope you approach learning about this history without bias and prejudice, especially if you’re learning about these issues for the first time. Now is not the time to be silent.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened by presumptions of guilt and police violence.
The *policy* of redlining that discriminated communities of color and put a structural barrier to safe/affordable housing, financial services, healthy food access, etc.
Attack on Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK. A piece of history that the white City leadership attempted to erase. �
Confronting History, Changing the Narrative on Race �https://bit.ly/3cxBO17
The Health Effects of Discrimination �https://bit.ly/30csayx�
Finding (and supporting) Black-Owned Businesses Locally: https://bit.ly/3gZYbQs
YouLobby has great resources for how to engage local, state, and federal elected officials. Tell your elected officials that you expect policy reforms aimed at addressing and correcting inequality and injustice. Namely: The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (S. 2355); The Eric Garner Excessive Force Prevention Act (H.R. 4408); and The PEACE Act (H.R. 4359). All of these bills are in Congress right now, and all would substantially improve more equitable policing practices.
Most importantly: VOTE!