It was hard to imagine 2020 being any worse, and then the country erupted over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Communities have watched in horror as protests have boiled over into riots and confrontations with heavily armed police and national guard troops. In a summer that already felt uncertain, the civil unrest adds a layer of foreboding that may seem almost impossible to bear. But you can counter that feeling of helplessness with action.
Student activism has long been the catalyst for political and societal change. Many movements that have been dramatically advanced by student action. No matter your political, social, or personal beliefs, college is usually a place where you can find like-minded friends. It can also be a place where your beliefs are challenged.
You can advance anti-racism or another cause safely with some of the following strategies.
Although it is a heavy burden, it’s your generation that is capable of creating societal change. Consider the America you want to live in and the role you want to have in building that community. Upending an entrenched system may seem monumental, but history shows that change does happen. As Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” And for now – be safe and take care of yourself and your community.
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