Walking the Walk” was recently used by a speaker who was promoting a vision of an inclusive country while addressing a large crowd on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
These were inspiring words and presented an even greater challenge to each of us to at least take “baby steps” in promoting racial justice. Promoting racial justice is key to protecting one of the basic freedoms and rights in our country as well as in the world.
In our country, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865 and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, are a few examples of official documents that recognize and encourage the equality of all people.
There are numerous organizational missions that also promote the elimination of racism, such as the YWCA, NAACP and many religious organizations. Some “baby steps” yet critically important steps that we can do to “walk the walk” to eliminate racism are to name and identify racist attitudes, expressions and actions that are in ourselves and others; educate ourselves regarding our language; look at each individual as an equal and as an individual; and attend diversity workshops to educate ourselves with knowledge.
These are just a few examples of what you can do to make a difference by joining with others to promote racial justice.
Laura Anderson, Lori Freudenberg and Nancy Miller, OSF,
Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking