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How people of non-color can be an ally in the fight for justice

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 19:18:07-04

TULSA, Okla. — Unless you were born and raised in Tulsa, you may not have heard of Black Wall Street or the Tulsa race massacre.

One of the reasons is because its a part of history that was buried much like the victims.

The other reason, race, more specifically social injustice related to the black community is a topic most are afraid to discuss.

Nate Morris, who is not a person of color said he grew up in a school that was mostly segregated.

When George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering black teen Trayvon Martin, Morris said he began to see a pattern of injustice.

“I didn’t grow up with folks who didn’t look like me, and it was the first time things became personal," Morris said.

From then on, Morris said he began to listen, learn and speak out.

Morris said he has lost friends along the way but he will continue to speak out against social injustice and stand up for what he believes in.

“I’m gonna keep speaking out about this, even when it might be uncomfortable,” he said.

Morris said it's up to everyone to understand and learn from our past in order to have a better future.

Greg Robinson of Demanding A JUSTulsa echoes that sentiment. He said for things to improve, everyone must be on one orchard.

“All of us have a responsibility to stand up to injustice when we see that," Robinson said. "And until that gets done, we’re not going to move forward in the way that we can.”

Robinson said standing up means speaking up by writing local officials demanding change.

To learn more of how you can join the fight against injustice, visit the websites of Demanding A JUSTulsa or The Terence Crutcher Foundation.

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