1. Avoid stereotypical language. Don't generalize. All __________ people are bad drivers. All ___________ people are on welfare. All _____________________ people like ______________ . I know I don't want people to think that I am like all the teachers they see on the news, so why should I assume that all people of one color, religion, career, are the same.
2. Speak up when someone is telling a racist joke. It is not okay.
3. Demonstrating good citizenship. Know the issues and vote. Don't just vote for a person based on their name or party.
5. As a teacher, I can lead by example. I can demonstrate within my classroom what a multi-cultural world should look like.
Ideas paraphrased and adapted from "Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Race Relations" by Charles A. Gallagher
6. Make a commitment to learn more about other races, religions, and cultures either by conversing with others or reading about them. Visit other areas in my region where members of other races, religions, and cultures live to see what it is like.
8. Encourage schools to recognize in positive ways the various cultures that make up our country.
9. Encourage young people in my circle of influence (my own children and my students) to get to know people of other races.
11. Create a program in the community you live that bring together young people from diverse backgrounds. Local libraries and inter-faith caring ministries may be able to accomplish this.
12. Research what other communities are doing to address racial equality.