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BIPOC: The Social Catalysts for Change

Whenever the topic of representation of BIPOC comes up (whether it be in government, media, or activism) it is often met with backlash. Often, people see this statement as a micro-aggression; feeling the attention shifted from them and quickly translating this as their opinions being undervalued in favor of others “just because” they're BIPOC. Obviously, this assumption is untrue. Empowering BIPOC does not at all mean silencing or ignoring non-BIPOC voices. It only means to create a more inclusive space to perpetuate systemic change in an inequitable system. So, why does empowering BIPOC voices matter?

Historically, the voices of BIPOC have been silenced and marginalized through means of violence, policy, and harassment. Leading to systemic inequalities and injustices that exist today. By empowering the voices of BIPOC, we are able to work towards creating a more equitable society as they bring a spectrum of perspectives to essential conversations and decisions addressing these inequalities.

BIPOC also have unique experiences and knowledge that are essential for understanding complex social issues. For example, BIPOC have experienced firsthand the effects of racism, discrimination, and oppression, which can inform discussions on topics such as education, housing, policing, and healthcare. Moreover, having BIPOC represented in different places such as in health care fights against unconscious bias and helps in addressing concerns in a format that is beneficial and understanding to the person and their beliefs.

When BIPOC are not included in these conversations, their perspectives are lost, and decisions are made without considering the full range of experiences and knowledge that exist. Additionally, BIPOC have historically been excluded from positions of power and decision-making, which has perpetuated systemic inequalities. By giving BIPOC a platform to voice their opinions and experiences, we can work towards creating a more diverse and representative leadership. This will lead to a change in policies and initiatives that better reflect the needs and values of all members of society, not just the ones that benefit from a skewed system.

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