Activism is a way of life

“We declare our right on this earth … to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” Malcom X

My activism reminds me of Malcom X’s quote above. His activism, like mine, was against racial injustice and was not limited to participating in just rallies, speeches, and interviews.

Activism is a way of life, “by any means necessary.” It is in your daily actions dealing with the injustice of anyone who is experiencing or has experienced racism or bigotry.

Activism is standing up to hate, and defending the victims of hate.

Activism is speaking up for others — whose voices are inaudible to white cis heterosexual patriarchal society — and to make their voices heard. Let the voices of the unheard be heard!

Activism is mobilizing others to organize rallies, petitions, boycotts, and sit-ins, “by any means necessary.”

Activism is using your written words in poems, songs, speeches, and articles to tell the story of injustice of those experiencing racism or bigotry in our society.

Activism is “by any means necessary” and means using your body in dance, music or standing with those who are suffering at the hand of the UNJUST.

Activism is participating in your community as a student on campus and naturally the broader Peterborough community.

As an activist you need to build solidarity with those who are deemed as “others.” This can be done by becoming passionate in educating yourself about the how, what, where, why and other facets of the issues. Increase your circle of friends to include LBGT, people in different religions, cognitive and physically challenged people, People of Colour, the First People of the land and any “others”.

 As a Black cis womanist, we need more action from our Trent students to become activists “… by any means necessary.”