Many of us in Humboldt feel the need to support members of our community who may be affected by the increase in racist tension already being experienced across the country as a result of the election of Donald Trump. Our hearts might be in the right place, but what can we do?
An opportunity now presents itself. Noted journalist Shaun King has announced a Montgomery-bus-type boycott focused on three U.S. cities where we see some of the ugliest manifestations of racism and oppression. Of course, Humboldt’s cities do not fall into this category, but boycotting a city can take the form of not vacationing there, not holding conventions in their venues, not buying products from corporations based in those cities, and other creative ways that King will reveal on Monday, December 5th.
The boycott is timed to begin on the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, started by another King, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shaun King’s call to boycott could very well deliver an historic impact equal to the original.
Each of the three targeted cities will have specific goals, and once reached, the boycott will be lifted. Another city will then take its place in the boycott’s crosshairs. The boycott will last as long as necessary to make our cities safe for all its residents. And, it’s worth noting that all precautions will be taken to decrease risks to, and even improve, the local economy of the affected cities, and in particular, businesses owned by people of color.
Here’s an update Shaun King posted yesterday:
Keep an eye out for the names of the cities and boycott activities to be announced on Monday; let’s put Humboldt County on the right side of history!