by Tahirah Amatul-Wadud
As our country experiences such difficulty and we as a people are hurt by betrayal at its core, the single most important thing to me is to build and nurture ourselves and our community every way and every day that we can. It was cathartic to safely engage in an uncomfortable (at times) but intellectually stimulating (always) discussion on systemic racism at Agape. It’s good to be having this conversation.
We need to look at the reality of systemic racism, which is pervasive and manifests in all things from money allocated to public schools and the value of homes in communities of color, to the disparity of addiction treatment when you are a person of color. We have to be intentional about getting rid of it.
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Attorney, Board member of the Council on American Islamic Relations