By Robyn Brown, Administrative and Community Support Specialist for Sandy Springs Together
What can we do in Sandy Springs to address inequality?
If we begin to focus on changing our culture and celebrating our diversity, we can show the rest of Georgia and the nation what it looks like to address inequality in our communities.
For starters, here are three ways we can make a stand.
- For one, let’s start with affordable housing for marginalized communities. This includes members of the Latinx and African American communities, as well as other minority groups, too. By ensuring affordable housing, we grant all residents access to great schools, healthcare, jobs, and economic opportunities. And it all starts with high-quality affordable housing for mixed-income families. By starting from the ground up, we also promote economic mobility along the way.
- It’s time to root out racism in Sandy Springs — in all of its forms. It’s just not enough to not be racist. Persecuted races need voices in the majority to fight against systemic racism, not just talk about it. How can you do that? Join Sandy Springs Together, support the NAACP or other organizations that are fighting racism in various forms. Not in a position to financially contribute? Take the time to do the work of educating yourself using resources and books that define and discuss the history and roots of racism that still haunt our society today. And while it may be uncomfortable, have those difficult conversations with others about racial inequality. You’ll be glad you did.
- And finally, recognize diversity as a strength and not a weakness. Sandy Springs residents and businesses must strive for equity and inclusion. Minority-owned businesses must be supported and championed. If we do this, we jumpstart the socio-economic progress of minority communities. Not only that, but our entire community benefits from new businesses.
These three ways are just the beginning. What ideas do you have to help Sandy Springs address inequality? Share them with Sandy Springs Together. They want to hear from you.
If you want to take the next step, check out this list of anti-racism resources that you can use to learn, educate, and take action.