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Use Your White Privilege.

Featured image by Melany Rochester.

It is undoubtedly easy to find systemic oppression and injustice in the United States. While white people never face oppression based on our race, it is our job to dismantle the very institutions that deal us our privilege in the first place. We must amplify POC voices without standing in their way. We must be vocally anti-racist in order to find any tangible progress. It’s just not enough to stay silent. Here’s how we can help take action:

#5 Call or write to local legislators.

Ask about reducing non-violent drug offenses, reducing mandatory minimum sentences, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, existing racial impact statements, affirmative action, and/or what they’re doing to counteract school-to-prison pipelines. Find your legislators here.

#7 Raise issues that people of color face on the campaign trail.

During an election year, we have an opportunity to voice what matters to those campaigning. Starting from your local candidates, bring them to discuss their plans against the systemic racial disparity we see today. You can do this by calling, emailing, or attending town halls if they are available. See who’s on your ballot here.


Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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