The Caucasian Response

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  1. Watch Documentaries and Movies: if you pay attention you can find pictures on racism and the black condition everywhere! I remember watching movies like Amistad, and Roots, as early as five years old. I remember watching Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and understanding that there was a problem with the lady’s family the way they treated her man. Yes, as early as at five years old, I knew parts of the history of the black experience. There’s Twelve Years a Slave and you can watch 13th on Netflix!
  2. Interact with Black Folk/Others: lots of people do not know the difference between Africa being a country and Africa as a continent. Here’s a tip: Africa is a continent. I certainly don't understand the lived experience of most Africans because there are several countries in Africa and several cultures/tribes within each country, and state. Black Americans are different from Africans and have a history that is devastating. There is so much to learn and you can only learn if you widen your horizon and interact with more people. P.S: not as experiments but as people that you want to befriend and eventually understand. Your circle should not be limited to now only include black people but Asians, Europeans … everyone that you come in contact with and that you can be kind to.
  3. Update your knowledge/information frequently: being current with the affairs around the world certainly opens your eyes to the situation of things. I suggest listening to podcasts, radio, and television shows like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (He is absolutely brilliant and I’ve loved his ability to articlutae and analyze issues since he did comedy in South Africa), The Breakfast Club, and there are so many out there that can help you stay informed. You don’t have to agree with everything said (I certainly disagree with Trevor sometimes) but being informed is essential.
  4. Join and have the conversation: I have a friend that mentioned that her brother and parents were rascist. I know a person that could not introduce me to their parents because they felt awkward and probably didn’t want them to know they were good friends with a black person. Having conversations with other Caucasians about their understanding of the situation of things and their experiences would be great for you and those you interact with frequently.
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Tomi Ogeye

Tomi Ogeye

I love human beings. I love writing about what defines and influences me. I explore education, lifestyle, positivity, femininity, relationships, books, and God.