Supporting Race Equity: Small Steps that Can Make a Big Difference
“Daddy, why are people yelling at each in the streets?” a parent tells us his child asked. “Because some people, who are no different than us, who love their children like us, don’t have the same opportunities even though they try just as hard.” With complex issues like racial equity, it can difficult to know how to set a positive example for your children and others.
Here are three ideas that you can do to help create a more equitable world:
Support Minority-Owned Businesses. Economic inequality is a major contributor to racial inequity. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) communities disproportionately experience financial hardship. In 2016, the average net worth of white families was ten times greater than that of black families. To help, consider supporting minority-owned small businesses and restaurants in your community. Kat Hong of food-blog The Infatuation has assembled a spreadsheet of over 350 Black-owned restaurants in Los Angeles at Support LA’s Black-Owned Restaurants.
Volunteer or Donate. Donating money or time to one of the many organizations working for equality and justice is one of the most effective ways to advance racial equity. L.A. Works has created a list of local charities and volunteer opportunities to fight for racial equity: https://www.laworks.com/blacklivesmatter
Take Political Action. Vote! Help change your community by attending your local Neighborhood Council Meetings (to find your Neighborhood Council, visit https://empowerla.org/councils/). Contact your City Council member about passing legislation to fight for racial equity. LA City Council contact info can be found at: https://www.lacity.org/government/popular-informat…