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May 2015

By Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin 


Imagine Life without Racism

During our Stand Against Racism on April 24, we took to the streets to ask, "If racism ended today, what would be different?" A recap of what people shared with us can be found below.


However, take a moment to consider the question yourself.
What would you say?

Stand Against Racism Recap
Twelve teams went to the following locations to ask "If racism ended today, what would be different?": MSOE, Third Ward, Red Arrow Park, Grand Avenue Mall, Milwaukee Public Market, Coffee Makes You Black, City Hall, UWM Union, Cathedral Square, MATC, St. Ben's Parish.

Comments ranged from changes in individual perspectives to changes at the institutional and structural levels. We received 228 comments in all out of 369 attempts.

Here are a few comments that captured some of the themes we heard.

Individual perspectives

  • Less fear and more friendships. More understanding and less judgment. Less conflict and more fun. What a wonderful world that would that would be!
  • I could sleep a lot better at night. A lot less stress. No more underlying stress. It would be nice.
  • Every week I say that we have to put on our schedules to have coffee or dinner with people that are totally unlike you. So, the way it is now, it sounds odd, but community building is a choice. Now it has to be encouraged. If racism ended, we wouldn't have to do this. It would be a part of who we are.

Institutional Changes

  • People would not need to fear being discriminated against - more equal wages, more communal work. I think racism really inhibits community work.
  • Probably, education and justice would be different. People who are racist would learn to share with those who are different than them. It would be a better society with more (and equal) opportunities for everyone.
  • There would no long be targets on our black men and boy's backs.

Structural Changes

  • EVERYTHING! Everything about life. The way that everyone lives, the way that everyone treats each other. I think the world would be great without racism.
  • There would be no comparison to today's world. Racism is an ideaology our world has practiced for centuries. The entire construct of society would be different.
  • We would come together and realize the societal and structural inequities that exist may be eradicated.

Get an inside look at our Stand via Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

 

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