Eight years ago, many Americans were lulled into believing that our country had become a “post-racial” society with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President. It’s now clear that such talk was premature. Racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and sexism remain powerful social and political forces that continue to divide us and keep us from achieving greatness as a nation.
The only way to make America great is to promote inclusion, equity, and tolerance. That’s the objective of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation initiative: to engage communities in racial healing and change efforts that address historic and current inequities.
Importantly, the only way to achieve this objective is for many people of good will to come together in collective action to denounce intolerance and divisiveness. This will be a long journey. But an important step in the journey will take place on January 17, when over 130 organizations and many thousands of committed individuals join together in a National Day of Racial Healing.
Please consider joining forces with fellow allies on this day to participate in healing actions and mobilizations. The Kellogg Foundation website lists many resources to help you engage on this day. In addition to coming together in person, please also join us in a Twitter Thunderclap to elevate our voices and concerns the morning of January 17th. Please help us reach our goal of 500 participants, to potentially reach tens of thousands of people via social media.
You can join us by clicking here.
Thank you – our collective efforts will help beat back the forces of intolerance, and promote love and healing!