*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY, 6 PM *** Katie Anthony
Have you ever thought, “How is it possible that these white guys just don’t CARE about brown people? Don’t they understand that we are all people, too?” Actually, no, they probably don’t. And it’s not because they’re monsters.
It’s because in this place whiteness is the norm – look at your kids’ books, the movies, the news, cartoons, everything, EVERYONE is white. And when kids are exposed to so much richness of experience when it comes to white characters, and so little when it comes to people of color, those children never learn empathy for people of color. This is a documented phenomenon. People of color are not actually people, in the minds of our kids. Because that’s our world. But it doesn’t HAVE to be.
Between the Muslim Ban and the ICE raids, America is a scary place for a lot of people right now, and we feel helpless. But just because we FEEL helpless doesn’t mean we ARE helpless.
Here’s what we can do tonight to help:
1. AMAZON SMILE FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS -
If you shop on Amazon, and you haven’t associated your account with a Smile account which donates a portion of your spend to the charity of your choice, click here: https://smile.amazon.com/…/c…/about/ref=smi_se_dshb_aas_saas
And select the National Immigration Law Center, The International Rescue Committee, or the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. These pennies add up – Smile has given away almost $38M since its inception.
2. SUPPORT RACIAL EMPATHY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION –
Reality check: By age 4, kids understand where they fall in the landscape of race and begin to alter their behaviors because of their race. Yep, a white 4-year-old already understands that he/she can get away with more than a classmate of color.
One study revealed that a group of white 7-year-olds believed that their black classmates felt less pain than they did – by 7, these kids believed that their black classmates were less human than they were. THAT is what systemic racism looks like. THAT’S our world right now.
The Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, a black-owned startup nonprofit preschool, WILL CHANGE THAT WORLD.
They are actively anti-racist, with a focus on empathy, self-confidence, and community. CCPAC believes that our kids should be developing empathy and self-respect at the same pace that they’re developing race awareness.
Check out the wish list CCPAC made just for us after I begged them to tell us how we can help, buy something for them and for their kids, and share it widely! Let's show our kids how much they matter!
3. YOUR STORY IS POWERFUL -
Are you an immigrant or a child of immigrants? Write your story. Then send it (along with a picture, if you’re comfortable with that) to IndivisibleDailyDo@gmail.com so we can create a book of immigrant stories to give to our representatives.
YOUR STORY IS POWERFUL. It can change the minds of lawmakers. Your face, voice, human experience. In the same way that we have to remind them that we’re not “radical activists,” just regular folks with mismatched socks on, we have to remind them that we’re not “bad hombres” – we’re regular people who work hard and love America.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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