Last week, my small New England — and predominantly white — town held a “march, vigil, and lament” in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black men and women who have been murdered at the hands of police and racists. The event was sponsored by the local Racial Justice Team and included clergy from multiple houses of worship. Around 1,000 people participated, masked, social-distanced, and often driven to tears by the stories we heard.

The evening underscored three important messages. First, that there is a difference between being not racist and being anti-racist. One is the passive position that if you’re not part of the problem, you don’t have to do anything about that problem. The other is accepting responsibility for effecting change. Second, that you can use your white privilege to help…

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