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9 Ways You Can Take A Stand On Racial Bias

Impact yourself. Impact your friends. Impact the world.

By Casey Acierno

In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., MTV is having an honest and brave conversation about race across all screens. Share your story using the hashtag, #TheTalk. Your tweet may appear on-air, or on MTVNews.com

What is the state of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream today? Some say that it’s unfinished – that there’s still much more that we can do to take a stand on racial bias and bring his dream to life. As Dr. King said, “in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Here’s how you can impact yourself, your friends, and the world on issues of racial bias.

    Uncover Your Own Hidden Biases.
    Take the Implicit Bias Quiz on race, featuring celebs like Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Pink, and Kelly Rowland. De-Bias Yourself.
    Now that you’ve taken some time to learn about your own biases, get started on ways to de-bias yourself with the Bias Cleanse, a seven-day program that will give you some easy ways to start to work on your own biases. Reach Out.
    If you’re struggling with racial bias, there are ways to get help. Talk to a trusted authority figure like a parent or teacher, and find more resources here. Talk.
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    Talk to your friends and family about your experiences – and their experiences – with race. Listen to what they have to say, and be open about your own lived experiences. See That, Say This.
    If you’re talking to your friends or family and someone says something biased, respond to them. Look Different’s “See That, Say This” gives you lots of ways to talk back – from the facts you need to refute what they’re saying to all the side-eye gifs you ever needed if you’d rather just register your disapproval. Share
    Share the conversations you had growing up with your family about race using #TheTalk. Be Part Of The Movement.
    Lots of organizations are leading the charge on issues of racial bias – you can find out how to support them HERE. Mentor Others.
    Become a mentor to young people who may be facing racial bias and support them on an ongoing basis -- for example, through the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, iMentor, YouthBuild USA, or 4-H. Make Your Voice Heard – And Hear Others’ Voices.
    Conversations on social media (like #BlackLivesMatter) have amplified the issues of racial bias, so get in there, listen to what other people have to say, and share your story. There have been a number of protests and marches in recent weeks around these issues – another great way to speak up. For example, if you’re interested in taking a stand around recent events in Ferguson, you can find upcoming actions here.

Have something to say? Share your story using the hashtag, #TheTalk. Your tweet may appear on-air, or on MTVNews.com

Want more? Watch all the artist, activist, and politician’s testimonials HERE.