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We need inspiration from people just like you to keep fighting racism.
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In the academic study of history, much is made about history from the “bottom up.”
This is a reaction to a version of historical analysis that focused on the most recognizable and prominent leaders. It is referred to as the “great man” (and they were almost always men) approach to history.
History from the “bottom up” highlights the grassroots, the folk, and the masses. The people who did not have a lot of money, notoriety, or high stations in life, yet their actions sparked monumental changes in society.
Poor laborers during the Industrial Revolution helped usher in unions and workers’ rights. Sharecroppers and domestic workers stood at the forefront and bore the harshest reprisals during the Civil Rights movement. Victims of sexual abuse and violence blew the whistle on far more powerful figures in their churches and workplaces.
History has always been made by the courageous actions of everyday people, and that tradition continues with you.
I know you may not feel like you’re doing much or not doing it very well. That’s what makes you a good candidate for submission. You actively seek ways to improve your antiracist practices for the good of others.
So far we’ve received dozens of submissions—from a home educator working for a more inclusive curriculum, to a family that left their white church to join a Black church, to a teacher who teaches their high schoolers about mass incarceration, and so many more.
Your efforts to fight racism, on whatever scale, matter immensely to the people you serve and to others who learn about your story.
You can inspire people you’ve never even met to start or to keep going on the journey toward racial justice just by letting us know what you’re trying to do.
I especially want to encourage Black people and people of color to make a submission. Our daily survival is resistance. So we may not realize our own creativity and resilience in fighting racism. We need your stories, too.
People selected will also have their work featured in the Religion News Service as they do a written profile of the people and organizations we highlight.
This “Fighting Racism” series is a result of asking you what you’d like to hear about next. You wanted to learn how to fight racism from people just like you. Now is your opportunity.
Tell us your story.