ANTIRACISM, Belonging in the Outdoors & True Allyship
MountainTrue knows that Black lives matter, and we encourage our members to learn about and fight examples of systemic racism – not only during the current protests, but for the long haul. Our Board is currently in a process of strengthening the racial justice lens of our work to create meaningful change within our organization and region.
We encourage our members to engage with resources about systemic injustice as part of a lifelong process. Here are some examples we have shared on MountainTrue’s social media channels.
Systemic Racism Explained: A short video introduction to systemic racism in the United States, including the wealth gap, hiring discrimination, and implicit bias. View here.
Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How To Be An Antiracist: Researcher Brené Brown speaks with Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the AntiRacist Research and Policy Center at American University, about his groundbreaking work to uproot racism. Listen here.
“We’re Here. You Just Don’t See Us.” Southern Author Latria Graham explores the long history of denied access to the outdoors for people of color in the United States, and writes about her own personal connection to nature. Read here.
“Allies, Don’t Fail Us Again.” New York Times Opinion Columnist Charles Blow on the parallels between this summer’s protests against police brutality and the Freedom Summer in 1964 during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as what it will take for this moment to create more lasting change. Read here.
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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