1. Continue to Educate Yourself
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Sure, right now, we’re all reading articles and watching documentaries. But when the protests leave the news cycle and the debates fall off our social media feeds, will we continue to learn about injustice?
The more you learn about injustice now, the quicker you’ll spot it in your community. You’ll learn how to personally engage in the conversation and become an advocate for change in your church, neighborhood, school, or local government.
You can’t actively pursue justice if you haven’t learned how to recognize injustice when it happens.
Take the time to educate yourself about the history of racial injustice in America. Be The Bridge is a free Facebook group that you can join to learn more about racial healing from a Christian perspective.
If you join, be prepared to put in some work. The group asks that you spend three months in silent learning before you are allowed to participate in the conversation.
If you’d rather take a self-guided approach to educating yourself, start making a personal list of all the documentaries, books, articles, and films that are being recommended to you. There are probably people you trust who are actively advocating for change and have put out some lists of learning resources for you to consider.
Challenge yourself to tackle one of them every month. Pay special attention to listening to minority voices who focus on reform. It’s easy to find ourselves in an echo-chamber, only exposing ourselves to ideas we already agree with. Try seeking out perspectives that challenge your worldview.
As you continue to learn about injustice, you’ll naturally want to invite your friends and family to learn alongside you. Consider sharing what you’ve learned by forming a local group that can meet face to face.
Work with the leadership in your church to find a curriculum you can help teach or a local organization your church can partner with. Pursuing justice is challenging work; it helps to build an informed community around you.
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