No, this is not clickbait, and yes, I mean what I am saying. Please keep reading; the blog post will shed some light on why I am no longer interested in just talking about RACE.
I have been thinking a lot about the value that I bring in different conversations. This is especially so recently, due to the need for more People Of Colour's (POC) voices to be heard by community and global leaders. I keep thinking, "what can I bring to this conversation to add to the conversation and not continue to add to the noise? How can we fix the problem of Racism in our communities, and what can I do to contribute to that change?"
A quick disclaimer. I don't seek to minimize the importance and size of this issue, nor do I wish to insinuate that I know everything and can change the world with the stock of a finger. I am well aware of the importance of having continuous dialogue around the topic of race. As a matter of fact, I advocate for more people to start having these conversations more often and removing the stigma that people have about asking questions when they don't know something. I also must acknowledge that I do have privileges that allow me to see things from a different perspective. So this post and my opinions are not going to be everyone's cup of tea. This post is for people who have been having these conversations for years and are sick and tired of waiting for someone to come and save them.
Here is the saying of the week.
"In leadership, life and all things it's far wiser to judge people by their deeds than their speech - their track record rather than their talk" – Rasheed Ogunlaru.
As a Zimbabwean, I learnt from a very young age that you could not wait for help to come for you because it doesn't happen. Even when it does occur, it may not come in the way you need it (if you know, you know). I learnt the importance of creating opportunities and breakthroughs for yourself. I learnt that complaining about it and not doing anything about it yourself leads to more complaining and inevitably minimal to no change. And unlike Canada or the US, protests in Africa don't always end in a way that benefits the people taking part in them. I say all this to say that I can't keep talking about Racism and not doing anything to support my words.
The saying above talks about deeds being more important than the words we speak. I even read a saying that put it this way, "If your actions don't live up to your words, you have nothing to say.". It sounded harsh when I first read it, but after meditation on it for a while, I realized it was true. When we think of world changers, we think of people who said things needed to change and went out and changed them. We think of people who took action, and what we remember are the actions and not just the words they spoke. I mean, really