We have seen a wave of reaction to the death of George Floyd that all of us working with young people are trying to get to grips with. We are asking: What can I do? What can I say? How can I support the young people of colour in my youth group – many of whom are speaking up about their experiences of racism, often for the first time – or listen to others doing so? How do I work with the young people who want to stand as allies – but who may also be compounding the experiences of racism through their lack of understanding? What about my own analysis of racism – do I need to develop my own understanding? And how do I make sure to include anti-Traveller racism in any discussion?
Be brave – this isn’t an easy journey.
Be focussed on what matters – we reflect deeply but we don’t make it about us – we put the people in Ireland who experience racism at the centre of whatever actions we take
Be patient – this is a complex, nuanced manifestation of deep, systemic and historical injustice; like anything constructed by men there is no one definition, explanation or solution.
Be savvy – join us in fighting for policy change. Call for the publication of the National Action Plan Against Racism with your elected representatives as a priority: Call for