16 Feb How We Can Learn to UpLift One Another
Welcome to the More Than a Walk Blog, where we discuss health, wellness, and all things happening at the AAMWA. In this blog, we go into depth on what the true definition of “uplift” means and what uplifting a community looks like, especially in the Black community.
The Black community has faced centuries of systemic oppression, and the effects of this oppression are still felt today. As a result, it is crucial for individuals within the Black community to support one another and uplift each other. This can be done in a variety of ways, and learning how to do so is not only important for the longevity of our culture and community, but important when speaking of allyship in other communities.
A great way to uplift one another in the Black community is to actively listen to experiences and struggles. This means creating a safe space to share their feelings without fear of judgment or criticism. It also means acknowledging the validity of experiences and recognizing the impact that systemic racism has on our lives. Additionally, it is imperative to provide support and resources. In a climate where the Black community experiences systemic struggles, racial profiling, police brutality, and many other struggles, being proactive and generous with resources that can alleviate those struggles is important. This could include offering financial assistance, sharing job opportunities, or providing access to educational resources. It could also mean connecting them with mentors or other individuals who can help them achieve their goals.
Furthermore, it is important to celebrate and amplify Black excellence and accomplishments. This means recognizing and honoring the achievements of Black individuals in various fields, such as art, music, literature, and sports. It also means sharing their work with others and advocating for their recognition and success.
But lastly, it is important to recognize that uplifting another in the Black community is an ongoing process. It requires a commitment to continuous learning, self-reflection, and action. It also requires acknowledging that everyone has a role to play in supporting and uplifting one another, regardless of their background or identity.
But before anything else, learning to uplift the Black community means to show dedication, commitment, and sensitivity. By being able to commit to ongoing growth and action, we can work together to create a more equitable and just society for all.