Multiracial Oath of Social Responsibility

Multiracial Oath of Social Responsibility

I want to make a difference in this world. Therefore:

I strive to improve race relations.

  • I know that race and ethnicity are not solely defined by one’s genetic heritage;
  • I refuse to confine my choices in love or loyalty to a single race;
  • I make efforts to increase my knowledge of U.S. racial history;
  • I know that race and ethnicity can be used as political, economic, and social tools of oppression.

I recognize the people who have made it possible for me to affirm my multiracial identity. 

  • They are my relatives, friends, and mentors;
  • They are people who have crossed color lines to fight discrimination;
  • They are people who identified as multiracial before this choice was recognized;
  • They are people who have exposed and explained the suppression of multiraciality.

I must fight all forms of oppression as the oppression of one is the oppression of all.

  • I recognize that oppression thrives on fear and ignorance;
  • I seek to recognize my prejudices and change them;
  • I know that it is neither helpful nor productive to argue over who is more oppressed;
  • I recognize that my life interconnects with all other lives.

I will make a difference!

Copyright 2004, Maria P. P. Root

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FREE Resources Promoting Tolerance and Respect – Characters Unite

I LOVE this! USA Network created an award-winning public service program called Characters Unite, created to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society.

Check out their Storytelling tours: Mainstage and Student Stories

They offer some great FREE resources for educators too:

The Power of Storytelling Activity Guide

and

Characters Unite Game Cards – The cards can be used for discussion, writing assignments or game play, including two fun options for 4-6 players, to open minds and embrace differences. The deck is geared for high school teachers and their students, but also can be used by other educators, employers, community leaders and parents.