Our blog once again is focusing on how inequality and injustice bring harm to so many people in the world. Worldwide Speech president Erin Long shares her commitment to stand in firm solidarity with the protesters in the United States and in many other cities around the world. Erin has decided, however, that she will not stop there. Every month Worldwide Speech will share resources on how individuals, educators, and schools can contribute to the fight for equality and reducing discrimination in society. This can only happen with a commitment to open conversation and reliable information.
The videos and articles in this blog are intended to speak to older students and educators.
June 2020 may be a year future history books focus on as the year everything changed. How did we get here? On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization announced the Coronavirus epidemic had reached pandemic level. What followed were unprecedented school and business closures throughout the world. On May 25, 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, George Floyd’s life was brutally ended by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Immediately protests began and have continued into June. During this month we have also seen a continued economic decline worldwide. On June 15th, after years of unprotected employment rights in the United States, the Supreme Court ruled that an employer could no longer fire an employee for being gay or transgendered. It is important to highlight, however, that this is Pride month. The point of Pride month is to not only celebrate the LGBTQ+ community but to highlight the fact that this community continues to face enormous discrimination and violence throughout the world.
With all the uncertainty and pain the world is facing, it is no time to forget the most vulnerable and disenfranchised people.
A special thanks to Krystal Mc Donald and Dr. Laura Anderson for their generous contribution to this blog.
Did you know the LGBTQ+ community continues to be a group violently discriminated against throughout the world? Did you know that the parents of LGBTQ+ individuals often reject their own children and kick them out of the house?
- Books about the LGBT Community and Being a member of the LGBT+ Community
- Talking to kids and young adults about LGBTQ+
- Additional Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community:
Racism is often viewed as an American problem but racism is a universal problem that thrives around the world. The question we ask is: How do we change this or in the wise words of Dr. Robin Diangelo, “How do we interrupt racism?”
- From the Smithsonian Institute of African History and Culture: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race
- What is Colorism? Watch the videos below to learn more.
- Now that you know what Colorism is, please consider sharing this article with all the teachers and educators you know: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2015/whats-colorism
Teacher Resources/Homeschool Resources
- Tips: Learn about the history of Persons of Color (POC) in America, especially Black History. Focusing on the individual accomplishments of specific POCs/Black Americans is NOT sufficient.
- One Race: https://janeelliott.com/
- Teaching Tolerance: https://www.tolerance.org/
Worldwide Speech would like to close by thanking all our clients for their trust in our ability to help children around the world. We are proud to announce we are able to make a $1000.00 donation to each of the following organizations:
- Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
- The NAACP: https://www.naacpldf.org/
- The Innocence Project: https://www.innocenceproject.org/
- The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/