Eventually the fresh paint on Washington’s Black Lives Matter Boulevard begins to chip…

In February, people around the world celebrate Black History Month to honour and celebrate Black contributions and achievements throughout history.

History is important to celebrate and recognize. However, I believe that we should put an equal emphasis on looking forward and pushing towards progress.

I believe that we should put an equal emphasis on looking forward and pushing towards progress.

With the murder of George Floyd and other terrible events from last summer, there was renewed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the bar for involvement was raised.

The call to action: strive to become anti-racist by actively speaking up and standing against societal systems that uphold racism.

But like many things that get an influx of initial media attention:

– Eventually the fresh paint on Washington’s Black Lives Matter Boulevard begins to chip,

– Complacency begins to set in, and

– We slowly retreat to the comfortable status quo.

Let’s reflect on what we can do to continue raising the bar in our immediate circles, such as friends, family, businesses, and others with whom we engage. We should also reflect on what we can do as individuals to continue to advocate for equality and justice.

Let’s reflect on what we can do to continue raising the bar.

It’s more than emphasizing inclusion; anti-racism work is often uncomfortable, challenging, and deeply personal. But by continuing to educate ourselves on the different ways racism manifests and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones – we can work to make change possible.

Whether it’s continuing to participate in forums, changing our own practices or making regular donations – let’s continue pushing forward, raising the bar, and holding each other accountable towards making progress.

This post was originally published on CP Business Solutions website.

Catherine Priestman
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