Being engaged in local politics is part of practicing anti-racism. Reading the books is good, but it's also not enough: Hold your city council accountable for expanding affordable housing. Demand your school board change curriculums to include Black history/literature/culture.
Show up at the meetings, virtual or otherwise. Be louder & more consistent than the (usually rich, white, & older) folks who have the time & luxury of being present & vocal. Don’t let racist policies around housing, health care, school funding, & more get reinforced.
I think a lot about the debate last year over opening homeless shelters in Park Slope — many of the people fighting against them were the same ones with “refugees welcome!!” signs in their windows. Don’t be those people.
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