What is Racial Justice?
Racial Justice refers to the policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equity for all races in access, opportunities, outcomes, and societal power.
Why does it matter?
Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Inherent in this quote is the collective responsibility of American and global citizens to rise up against racially oppressive policies. Without a pursuit of racial justice, our nation runs the risk of doing great harm to itself and to others in the global community. We must learn to care for one another! “I am, because we are; and since we are, therefore I am.” – John Mbiti , philosopher and writer
YWCA USA National Commitment to Racial Justice
The recognition that not all women, or all people, are treated equally is at the core of YWCA’s work. A common thread that unites YWCAs across the country is a commitment to racial justice and civilrights.
The wage gap still exists and women of color are far underrepresented in corporate, governmental and non-profit leadership roles. Demographic trends point toward women of color becoming the majority among all women in the United States by 2050. (YWCA USA Racial Justice Training Manual 2017)
Engage with Racial Justice programs at YWCA Mankato as you become an advocate for equality through increasing your knowledge and sharpening your tools. Seek to become active in educating yourself and others with the ultimate goal of igniting change in our community.
- Join Race Readers
- Human Race Radio - Tune in on the first Monday of every month.
- Become a Racial Justice Facilitator. Racial Justice Facilitators train with our staff, then facilitate It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race roundtable discussions on race. Check back for training opportunities.
- Volunteer with the coordination of Stand Against Racism
- Complete an internship with Racial Justice
- Read books from our suggested list found on the Resources page
- Watch movies/documentaries from our suggested list found on the Films page
- Listen to podcasts from our suggested list found on the Resources page
Discover more about each of these options through the Racial Justice website.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” - Arthur Ashe, professional tennis player
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