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Awareness that demands action: Washington DC protest for Black Lives Matter June 2020

Racism and awareness that demands action

By Compassion, Lifelong learning

“Compassion is not helpless pity, but an awareness and determination that demands action.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In the wake of the horrific killing of George Floyd, many of us here in the US, and people around the world, have been freshly opened into awareness, mourning and outrage. Awakened to or renewed in fierce determination for social justice and true change.

If you are beginning your learning, there are incredible resources for education on racism in the US, how to interrupt implicit bias and white supremacy, and how to dismantle unjust systems and policies. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching or revisiting on these topics — resources I recommend:




Compassion is an awareness of an other’s suffering coupled with a willingness to take action to relieve it. It’s “an awareness and determination that demands action” (HHDL).

And critical to this moment in history: “One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism.” – Ibram X. Kendi, How to be an Antiracist

What are you aware of today that you weren’t aware of a few weeks ago? A few years ago? What is this new awareness inspiring in you? How is the national and global conversation about race motivating you?

I saw this IG post being shared around other day with a message I wanted to pass along:

some are posting on social media
some are protesting in the streets
some are donating silently
some are educating themselves
some are having tough conversations with friends and family

a revolution has many lanes — be kind to yourself and to others who are traveling in the same direction

just keep your foot on the gas

May we all experience clarity, kindness and endurance in our efforts to confront and end the devastating legacy of racism in the US and beyond.


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