Challenge Your Assumptions
As a DEI, community engagement, and systems change consultant, I make a point to follow the news.
It can be challenging. It's called hard news for a reason.
Aside from the grim subject matter, there is the matter of finding credible, trustworthy news outlets.
I am also mindful that even the most credible sources reflect our culture's inherent racism.
Let's look at a quick example. A Google search of "vaccine resistance demographics" leads us to believe the Black community's vaccine resistance presents a stumbling block as we fight to end the pandemic.
But that's not the full story. Some studies show that white Republican voters are the most vaccine-resistant demographic group. Check out Elizabeth Yuko's in-depth analysis in Rolling Stone.
This month, take BOLD Action by challenging your assumptions as you watch the news. Consider: What potential biases and specious narratives can you find? Are you indulging your own biases with sources that support your world view? What will you do to expand your news media diet?
Let me know how your challenge goes! Email: Reeshemah@emboldenaction.com.
PRO TIPS: Following the news closely can wear on your heart and soul. Remember to take care of yourself. Give yourself permission to skip the news for a few days, and entirely avoid stories that sap your mental and spiritual health.