White Voices Against Racism (WVAR) officially launched on May 25, 2021 with a “Meet the Founder” Facebook live event. On the anniversary of the passing of Mr. George Floyd, we stood in solidarity sharing the organization’s vision & how those in our community could unite in our charge to end racism.
Very candidly the challenge that WVAR faces is “How can we truly make an impact on eradicating racism if the mere mention of the need for white voices to champion the effort brings about defensiveness, cowardice and full out denial?” White voices supporting brown voices who live and breathe the struggle everyday does not implicate ALL white people as racists or that they are not part of the solution. In fact it’s just the opposite. WVAR provides a platform for ALL voices to come together and learn together, while acknowledging that white voices are needed to ended injustices facing so many.
My name is Mark E. Kirstner and I am the Founder of White Voices Against Racism. This is my WHY...I didn’t know it at the time, but my equity journey began in 1973 as I entered the 7th grade. I lived in Charlotte, North Carolina during the period of school desegregation...
Mark E. Kirstner, Founder
Sometimes we just don't know or simply have to be willing to learn and sometimes unlearn. Project Educate uses various channels to ensure that information is shared surrounding issues of race. Topics include how to talk to children about racism, understanding systemic racism, economic & voter suppression, mass incarceration, police violence, transportation equity and more.
Ending racism will take a united front of people from all walks of life. Through open dialogue, Project Unite focuses on ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table addressing issues like workplace diversity, faith & racism and more.
The real work begins when we mobilize. Project Act. is all about taking the work of WVAR to the streets of our community by hosting events, partnering with others who are fighting to end racism, supporting minority owned businesses and lending our influence to the charge.
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