“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” — Carl Bard
By Ettie Rutherford
One of the headlines in today’s Toronto Star newspaper was, “Japan and New Zealand March to Mourn Floyd”. It is evident that the focus on racism is still ongoing, on a global scale, and that a lot of changes are being voiced and a lot more voices are being raised, noticeably also, by thousands, who have never personally experienced racism.
If you are like many others, you are constantly wondering how to manoeuvre aspects of life that racism has influenced for centuries, while causing so much pain and suffering that cannot be overcome, through an antibiotic or a new vaccine. However, even as we experience the seemingly unending ravages of our lives, it is important for us to remember that we are also living in a time of unbelievable possibilities, so while a lot of really big changes are being suggested, it is important for us to ask: where do we go from here?
Consequently, it might be good to ask ourselves these questions:
1. How can we draw on our strengths to help others?
2. How can we utilize resources in the community that can support us in the struggle?
3. How can we get children, of every race and nationality, to understand the ravages of racism: bearing in mind that they are the future torchbearers?
4. How can we use the positive developments of the last few years to propel us forward?
Based on my training and work in fighting racism, I will be sending you a more detailed message, regarding specific ways to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?”
I will also discuss how to initiate conversations, between the White community and people, who are experiencing racism.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at email@example.com