Take Action

We are heartbroken over our nation's horrific sin of racial injustice against our black brothers and sisters. It's a stain on our nation and on our Church. As believers, each of us is called to take action. And the time is now.

Are you unsure of what you can do? Do you wonder if you can make a difference? Do you want to speak up but you're afraid you might say the wrong thing?

You are not alone!  

We want to help!

For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.


Ephesians 6:12(MEV)
As followers of Christ, we must all unite in the fight, black, white, and every hue. Each of us must learn the truth and let it free us.  None of us yet knows all there is to know about this enemy, it's history, or even the many ways it still affects us today. So, let us learn, grow, take steps, and walk together towards good.


Micah 6:8 (MEV)
He has told you, O man, what is good—
and what does the Lord require of you,
but to do justice and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Steps You Can Take Now

Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. Jeremiah 22:3 (ESV)

Here are some simple, but important, steps you can take in your daily life.

Not everyone has the same views on issues of racial equality and justice.  Sometimes you may need to help them see things differently:

Tips for engaging family and friends in person:
Amnesty International suggests using "I" statements when confronting a family member or friend. "Rather than saying ‘You’re a racist,’ talk about how those comments are impacting you and how you are feeling about it,” their website states. They also suggest clarifying the other person's stance, talking to them quietly and not getting too aggressive, which may lessen the effectiveness of your "persuasive powers."

Tips for engaging family and friends online:
When you encounter people making racist statements online you can unfollow them, unfriend them, or even block them.  But this doesn’t help right the wrongs.  If you want to help them change you can also apply some of the tips listed above for in-person conversations.  You can respond to them directly with grace and explain the harmful impact of their words or share a link that explains this in a neutral and fact-based manner.  If they truly didn’t know the harm, they’ll probably appreciate your help.  And if they did know, at least they’ll also know that you don’t accept it, and they may even be inspired to change when they see how you focused on what they said without attacking who they are.  

Influence people in your group:
It's great to call people out on racist comments, but don't stop there. You can also preemptively help educate others by talking to people in your own life about how systems of oppression affect marginalized groups.

Avoid being silent:
Particularly white people who want to be allies, stop it, call it out. Say, ‘That’s not funny.’ Silence looks a lot like complicity," Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Director of the Center for Advanced Policing and Assistant Provost of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of New Haven Lorenzo Boyd told USA TODAY. "You have to physically say, 'That’s not cool, you can’t say that.’ “

Sometimes you may need them to help you see things differently:
Understand privilege.  "It is also important, as white people, for us to remember that we will never 'get it.' We are all subject to racist ideas and we will never fully understand the experience of our Black community members, no matter how much we read, study, think or learn, or how many Black friends we have, or even if we have Black romantic partners or children,"

Either way, recognize that sometimes you won’t get it right:
Recognize that you might mess up, and if you do, apologize sincerely, and keep learning and growing," Be mindful of questioning something considered prejudiced or racist. Doing so does not promote discussion, but instead undermines historic personal pain.

Do it for
 the kids

Contact the principal of your local elementary school and advocate for more emphasis on inclusion and diversity awareness starting in the early grades while they’re still forming their world views.  Even if you don’t have any children in the school you can still have a voice in your community.

Money talks 

Actively seek out and support black owned businesses.  Use these websites:

https://officialblackwallstreet.com/directory/

https://webuyblack.com/

Donate money to organizations who are working for lasting change by focusing on systemic racism that exists in our laws and institutions.  You can start Here:

Southern Poverty Law Center

https://www.splcenter.org/ 
Donations contribute to litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy

The Bail Project

https://bailproject.org/#

This nonprofit provides free assistance to low-income people whose release before trial is contingent on paying bail.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

https://www.naacpldf.org/

Donations go toward helping win landmark legal battles, protect voters across the nation, and advance the cause of racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

Greater Cincinnati FoundationFund for Racial Justice

https://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/bouncing-back-2020/how-greater-cincinnati-foundation-is-tackling-racial-inequity/

Challenge major retail stores to take the “15% Pledge”

It’s a pledge to designate 15% of their shelf space to products produced by black-owned businesses.  You can sign the petition at the website below, or better yet, can contact the retailer directly on their website or their social media site.

Votes Talk 

As Christians, we are called to civic and community engagement. We have a duty to impact culture in a manner that reflects the truth (&) love of Jesus Christ. This commission includes participation in the political arena, wherein actions or inaction can have a profound effect on all aspects of society. Life, freedom and
the general well-being of all citizens can be significantly enhanced or diminished by political dynamics. – And Campaign

Speak Out

Cry aloud, do not hold back;  lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins.
Isaiah 58:1


When You See Something, Say Something

More and more stories of Black people encountering racism are being documented and shared through social media — whether it’s at a hotel, with the police, in a coffee shop, at a school, etc. When you see such a post, call the organization, company, or institution involved to tell them how upset you are. Then share the post along with the institution’s contact information, spreading the word about what happened and encouraging others to contact the institution as well. Whether the company initiated the event or failed to protect a person of color during an onslaught by a third party, they need to hear from us.