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Question #14: In search of the right questions to combat racial injustice

(This post is part of a series for July 2013 entitled “Question Month.” Read the intro to the series here.)

My Facebook post earlier today:

“Question No. 14: What are the right questions to ask in the face of racial injustice so blatant it is difficult to breathe?”

In case you have been living blissfully unaware, take a look at the following:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/florida/features/2013/oh_florida/zimmerman_reaction_in_florida_history_of_shameful_jury_decisions.html

http://awareofawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/dear-america-its-not-you-its-me/

http://gawker.com/the-zimmerman-jury-told-young-black-men-what-we-already-770650992

http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/blog/grieving-for-trayvon-all-over-again/

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

What can I personally do in my community to reduce racism?

Is there anything I can do directly for teenagers in particular?

In what ways am I complicit in allowing racism to exist in my presence?

Is there a tangible way to participate in the national protest of the Zimmerman verdict in balance with my regular obligations?

Who are the most influential racists in my community (specific prominent people as well as groups), and can they be swayed or are we just waiting for them to die out?

In what arenas is racism most destructive, and which fall closest to my skill set?

How can my privileged status (white, highly educated, financially stable, physically/mentally/emotionally healthy, gifted with supportive family and friends) be useful and not a barrier to collaboration?

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This I know: immeasurably precious though he is, my son’s skin does not make him more deserving of life and justice than any other.

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