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"How Can I Help?" Resources for Change

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

"I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis

While trying to process everything that has been happening, I wanted to take my emotions and transmute them into something helpful.

I decided to curate a list of resources found online & social media (with credit to their respectful authors) dedicated to education, advocacy, anti-racism & anti-white supremacy work.

So let's start!

Click here to sign the petition

Text “FLOYD” to 55156 to sign the petition

Minnesota freedom fund

George Floyd memorial fund

For everyone - 16 organizations to learn & donate to racial justice:

  1. Black Lives Matter

  2. BLM

  3. Justice for Kendrick

  4. NAACP

  5. Southern Poverty Law Center

  6. The Bail Project

  7. Black Youth Project 100

  8. Color of Change

  9. The Sentencing Project

  10. Families Against Mandatory Minimums

  11. A New Way of Life

  12. Dream Defenders

  13. Campaign Zero

  14. Unicorn Riot

  15. Reclaim the Block

  16. Black Visions Collective

5 ways to take action for Non - Black people:

  1. Know your history - educate yourself on antiblackness, systemic oppression, privilege, and the role you and your communities play in upholding white supremacy

  2. Calling In - Call your family, friends, and community leaders in dialogue around anti-blackness and violence against the Black community.

  3. Stop Appropriation - Stop picking apart pieces of Black culture for your convenience, profit, and social currency

  4. Listen. Don’t Labor.- Listen to resources from Black women, Black community, Black leaders, Black activists, Black Authors, Black Podcasters. Do not put the labor on Black people to educate you.

  5. Stay Updated - Follow the hashtags on social media to stay updated on continuing action.

List via The Conscious Kid

The U.S. cultural narrative about racism typically focuses on individual racism and fails to recognize structural racism (Racial Equity Tools). Racism is often seen as psychological bias that can be cured rather than an embedded structural issue that is timeless.

Structural Racism vs. Individual Racism

Structural Racism:

  • Is a system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity.

  • Is primarily characterized by white supremacy- the preferential treatment, privilege, power, access, and opportunities for white people- at the expense of cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color.

  • Encompasses the entire system of white supremacy, diffused and infused in all aspects of society, including our laws, history, culture, politics, economics and our entire social fabric.

  • Is the most profound and pervasive form of racism- all other forms of racism (individual, interpersonal, internalized, etc.) emerge from structural racism. (Lawrence & Keheler, 2018)

Individual Racism:

  • Refers to an individual’s racist assumptions, beliefs, or behaviors and is “a form of racial discrimination that stems from conscious and unconscious, personal prejudice” (Henry & Tator, 2006)

  • Includes examples such as telling a racist joke, believing in the inherent superiority of white people over other racial groups, or not hiring a person of color because “something doesn’t feel right”.

  • Is connected to/learned from broader socioeconomic histories and processes and is supported and reinforced by structural racism.

  • A focus on individual racism functions to erase hierarchies of power and fails to connect personal ideologies to larger or systemic ones (ACLRC).

Pyramid Image Source:

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (2005). Adapted: Ellen Tuzzolo (2016); Mary Julia Cooksey Cordero (2019); The Conscious Kid (2020)

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."- Desmond Tutu

Anti Racism Resources

Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media.

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Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

Check out these books for children and young adults from the list of Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

Listen to the Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

Listen to the Fare of the Free Child podcast

Read PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

Follow The Conscious Kid on Instagram

Articles to read:

“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists

”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine

“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD

”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

Videos to watch:

Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)

"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)

Podcasts to subscribe to:

1619 (New York Times)

About Race

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

The Combahee River Collective Statement

Books to read:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Films and TV series to watch:

● 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

● American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

● Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

● Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

● Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

● Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

● I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy

● If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

● Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent

● King In The Wilderness — HBO

● See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

● Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

● The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent

● The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax

● When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media:

● Antiracism Center: Twitter

● Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

● United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

More anti-racism resources to check out:

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Anti-Racism Project

Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)

Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources

Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism

Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits

“Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie

Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials

Image via instagram, source unknown, email for credit

Words from Rachel Cargle:

via rachel.cargle on instagram

Click here for Rachel Cargle’s Great Unlearn patreon

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast episodes on Racism

via therapyforblack girls (Instagram)

I urge you to share this with your friends, family and coworkers.

There is so much work to do, may this serve as a start.

Be well family,

Peace, Love & Juice

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