Do you know when the construct of race as an inherited distinction was started? In the 1400’s during the Spanish Inquisition as a means to discriminate against converted Christians whose lineage included Jewish ancestors. The Spanish city of Toledo issued an official order targeting them based on this "bloodline" factor, marking it as the first discriminatory law based on a "race." The Spanish and Portuguese carried this new construct of race to the so-called "New World," as a means and justification to import and enslave people based on inherited skin colors. This false distinction holds its grip through today.
Though we started off as one race, the human race, we've been made to believe we belong to different ones. We do not. We are ONE. Yet we still suffer the impact of this false construct - especially as it plays out between Black and white people. It is deeply rooted in our power structures, and this racism has seeped into the workplace, further oppressing Black and brown people. It must be reversed through education - by adults and in schools. This vicious cycle must end.
We all experienced a defining moment, while locked in isolation and social distancing. The world watched an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, being murdered by a white police officer kneeling on his neck LIVE for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. As a result, the WORLD erupted in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. There have been worldwide protests against systemic racism, and many companies and people have committed to efforts in support of racial justice.
Now is the time! Let's end racism together!