To the black members of our NextGen Millionaire community, I am sorry for the pain and hurt you have and are experiencing.
YOUR LIVES MATTER.
I see you. I hear you. I stand with you.
To everyone else,
As a white man in America, I feel unqualified to share my thoughts.
And as a white man in America, I also know I can’t stay silent.
We are at a crossroads right now, as both a nation and a people.
Will we step up and fight with our black brothers and sisters for their equality or will we choose to support the current systems of white supremacy with excuses and silence?
There is no neutral ground here. There can’t be.
We must choose.
Here’s the 3-2-1 for stepping up as leaders and making sure black lives actually matter.
I. We all have inherent biases, prejudices, and even racist ideologies that influence our thoughts, emotions, actions, and world view. It comes with growing up in a system that privileges white people and oppresses black people in both overt and subtle ways.
II. We have the power to step up and change the narrative for ourselves and others through education and action. Silence and ignorance cannot be tolerated.
III. You and I may not have created racism, but it is our responsibility to dismantle it. As Angela Davis said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
2 ACTIONABLE STEPS
I. Read this article, “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice,” written by Corinne Shutack and then do at least one of those things. Then do another.
II. Apply to be part of the next “On the Matter of Race” — a 6-month, life-changing journey led by the incredible Lynne Maureen Hurdle. Conflict Resolution Strategist, Leadership Coach, Author, TEDx Speaker, Facilitator, African American Woman and Mom, Lynne leads White people who want real leadership, guidance, knowledge and “calling you in to look at your stuff,” to get out there and have conversations about racism at home, in the workplace, at school, in your communities, on social media or with those family members who just don’t get it.
I. What will you do to support the black community?
Black lives matter.