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Race: Conversations Are Key
October 19, 2020
Screenshot from the Facebook Live panel on #BlackLivesMatter
This Facebook Live is part of a weekly series hosted by Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County that focuses on creating an educational and conversational space where community members can learn about and discuss topics of race. This Conversation, moderated by Marcus Clarke and Nydia Mora, was just one of the many live streams that discuss the topic of Black Lives Matter. The panelists included three local activists: Tayna Forsberg, Amber Lucas, and Julian Quibell (Bios featured in the photo gallery). They each shared what inspired them to get involved in social change.
Tanya Forsberg shared her thoughts saying, “We have a narrative about what America is and that’s hard to give up.” She further explained that in 2016 she chose to look beyond the narrative of America being a perfect place and has been an advocate for social change ever since. The other panelists also shared about moments when their view of America shifted and they saw deeper into the problems that truly plague our communities.
I felt the seriousness of the topic when Fosberg said that we all must “understand how the disease of white supremacy is disrupting the foundation of our country.” Every single speaker had extremely impactful things to say that taught me just how crucial it is to get involved in activism in some way or another.
What I took away from this Conversation is that there are several ways you can get involved which may include being present in your community and on social media, but in order to make a lasting impact we need to go further. Lucas elaborated on this expressing that we must focus on making real change, and to do that we need to get involved in politics and that goes beyond BLM art pieces and things of that nature. The Black Lives Matter movement cannot be just a trend on social media, or something for white people to appropriate. It must be a movement of fundamental changes to our society.
I feel that we must use our voice in the vote even if you may think your opinion is too small to count. According to Quibell, the electoral process is “a self healing system that only works if people get involved.”
Lucas used her closing statements to make a call to action saying “I don’t want this to be all for nothing. We have to make a better tomorrow.”
CAP Sonoma hosts these conversations on their Facebook page. You can view this Conversation and all past Conversations on their Facebook or or Youtube Channel.