It is not enough just to be "not racist" anymore. We need to collectively be anti-racist and pro-black if we want to achieve racial inequality in and throughout society.
Throughout the past couple of weeks, I’ve been scrolling down social media and seeing various posts about the current Black Live Matter movement that is occurring around the world. I’ve seen people proclaim their solidarity with the movement. I’ve seen people denounce that racism even exists anymore. I have even seen people proudly display their support for racist endeavours and white supremacy.
One thing that I have frequently seen is people separate themselves from racism. Throughout these protests, many non-Black people have been quick to say “I’m not racist.” These people are the ones who type post #BlackLivesMatter and then go about their day without giving a second thought to the larger issues at hand. I won’t say that I do not appreciate the fact that these people are not racist. This is fantastic; however, I should not have to applaud you for not showing hatred to people who look different from you. I should not have to give you a pat on the back for displaying human decency.
Being “not racist” is something that you should be doing out of the kindness of your heart because you know it is right, and not because you are looking for likes on your latest tweet or post.