Let’s be upstanders, not bystanders
RE: Time for our comfort to be afflicted and shootings fuel race-related angst (July 9)
As I read both of the named articles I would like to put out a call to action to citizens of Hamilton. It was 15 years ago that 911 happened and Hamilton launched the campaign of “an attack on one is an attack on all.” Faith groups became organized and did amazing work together which continues. What is missing is everyday allies, people who just know when oppression happens in daily interactions it is wrong!
I believe people need to be allies to all who face oppression — including the LGBTQ community, the racialized community, those facing Islamophobia, those who deal with issues of class, ableism, sexism, ageism, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of oppression.
It is my firm belief that we all need to be allies when we see and hear oppression, whether it is a person telling a joke, talking in the office, or the written word.
As a white heterosexual woman of privilege I am committed to calling people on their behaviours and holding myself and my peers accountable.
We all play a part in creating the world we want to live in. Let us not hide in the bystander affect, let’s be upstanders. Hear it, see it, STOP it. Ruth Greenspan, Hamilton