Don’t get mad. Get busy.
(Well, get mad if it helps.)
In this moment, white people of conscience need a different strategy for organizing other white people in this country. That strategy must engage millions of white people in a direct and honest conversation about race and the economy in this country, grounded in our values, that moves people to collective action at a scale never seen in our lifetimes. We must be making real investments in transformative organizing in rural and working-class communities — communities that have been left behind by elected officials and targeted for recruitment by the alt-right. Now is the time for white people of conscience to act — it is time to dig in, it is time to be bold, and it is time to start making up for centuries of lost time.
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
– Our Mission, Color of Change
If you know that a young person is LGBTQ, ask how they are feeling about the election, and acknowledge that the results may have made them uncertain about their future. It’s important not to challenge, diminish or dismiss a young person’s fears that anti-LGBTQ prejudice—or racism, sexism, or other biases—will harm them.
Instead, show them that they will have support in confronting prejudice. Let them know that while there are real challenges ahead, we have already changed many hearts and minds in support of LGBTQ people—and that support isn’t going away. Remind them that you are there to fight for them, and (if true) of the other members of your community who are, too: friends, teachers, counselors, school administrators, family members, and many elected officials.
We’re still in this together.
Let’s keep talking.