So, What Now?
So, what now? where can we go from here?
It should only get better, right?
Like all of you, we have been witnessing a strong Black movement this week instigated by the killing of an innocent person by the authority. It’s upsetting, it’s cruel, it’s everything…and sadly, it wasn’t the first time.
I spent the week thinking, how can I, a small business owner, an immigrant, a female, can do more? I am constantly educating myself not only about racism in the US but also closer to home here in the UK. I wanted to understand why it happens and at the same time, I couldn’t help reflecting on the racism happening in my home country. There is a lot of information to consume and there is a lot to do to change our perspective. I know that I have constantly been challenging my thoughts and questioning what I can do more?
We were born pure, and we are conditioned to think by our environment. Do you remember when was the first time you thought, “oh, he/she is judging me because I am not like her”… well I do, I was 7 and the person who was judging me was a close classmate and up until that point we were really close with each other. I remember the sudden look of hatred she gave me, and I remember being confused and wondering if I did something wrong? Needless to say, we were no longer friends after that. It wasn’t until much later when I found out that the hatred stems from racist thoughts that were taught to her from her elders.
This made me think about our kids and youth. Will it be the same for them too? Will their environment shape them like how my environment has shaped mine? How can we better ourselves so that we can help them? How can I make sure that they are not set up to fail?
A lot of tough questions and perhaps I am putting too much weight on myself, but I can’t help myself.
I’ve decided that I will spend time to get to know my community (and my DSKY’s community) to understand my surrounding better. I truly believe that that will be the first step to understand the struggle and the gains. I regret not doing this much earlier but this is a start for me.