Editor's Note: Beginning the day after the riot in downtown Reno that destroyed property and rocked our community, Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House and community advocate, took to Facebook Live.
And every morning since then, he has posted a Facebook Live video with powerful words about racism, the struggles faced daily by people of color and the power of positivity.
We reached out to Diaz, asking him for his thoughts on what locals can do to support the movement and cause. And he pointed us to a list he made just a few days ago with specific ideas and tips, giving us permission to share his important words.
Here is what Diaz shared:
- Talk with children and other young family members about racism. Help them understand what it means without assuming they understand it. When they see you actively engaging in conversation, it makes it less taboo.
- Don't go it alone. Don't rush out on a crusade. Build a supportive network to discuss how you want to combat it. Join groups that have formed. There is SO much great stuff to learn.
- Give support to active leaders of minority communities, but do not be afraid to do so critically. Do your research. Don't rush into support with your emotions, but use rationale and your best judgment. Be strategic.
- Intervene where racism persists. Stop people from jokes. Call out what you see. This is taking a moral stance against injustices.
- Identify your own biases. We all have them. How do they impact your thought process? Examine where they came from. How have you justified them?
- Racism is everywhere, every day. It's in our systems, people and guides the thought process of many. Learn to identify. Another opportunity to grow.
- Don't take it personally. It has been ingrained into our culture. It will take time to deprogram it. One bite at a time. Discuss racism in the absence of people of color. This will allow walls to come down without fear. Discussing race with white people is a great thing. We cannot assume whites discussing race is a KKK meeting. You will find yourself less hindered. Black people have had these conversations for decades. Keep the conversation going -- you will find it beneficial in interracial discussions.
- Educate yourself. Not all black people are comfortable with educating. There is a long history there.
- Volunteer at a nonprofit. Find people from all backgrounds to work with. You are breaking down walls for them and yourself at the same time. (Don't run in looking for a black person, you are not shopping). Whether it's a kid, or an adult. Be an example of the large-hearted, beautiful white person you are!
(To see Diaz Dixon's Facebook Live from May 31 that went viral, watch here.)