Our nation is grappling with ongoing racism and white supremacy, which permeates our institutions today. The protests we’re seeing, the calls for police and other reform, the online posts supporting Black Lives Matter — these are all critical components in the fight for structural change. In the second edition of our newsletter, we’re sharing the latest from Team Tom, plus resources for you to take action.
Shoutout to Team Tom all-star Betsy G. who has been very hands-on in her COVID-19 relief effort. Check out her handiwork!
“On mask #87. Haven’t sewn in over 40 years. First one was inside out 🙄. Now I can make them with a nose wire!” — Betsy
If you want a chance to be featured in the next Community Circle, respond to this prompt: What have you done to support the Black Lives Matter movement?
An unprecedented number of Americans and people around the world have taken to the streets in protest of racial injustice. These marches are important to drive the national conversation toward meaningful change.
Equally important are the conversations happening on a smaller scale between friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Unlike joining a public protest or posting on social media, having these discussions can be incredibly personal and may even feel awkward at times — but they’re also one of the most powerful ways to effect real change. Tom challenges all of us to have that awkward conversation — it’s how we learn. It’s how we as a nation can start embodying justice and start being not just non-racist, but actively anti-racist.
Our team will be watching this video featuring University of Washington professor Dr. Robin DiAngelo (author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism) to learn how we can do better. It’s a great resource to start understanding why these talks are difficult and thus even more necessary.
Tom’s take: “We all must raise our voices against white supremacy and unite behind major structural change. We know that empathy is not a zero-sum game, that we are stronger together, and that we cannot tackle the huge challenges facing our country — and our world — without having open, honest conversations.”