One of my core values is to spread joy. I believe in elevating others, supporting and encouraging those around me and spreading love and joy wherever and however I can.
In the light of recent events, it feels like a lot of joy and love has been snuffed out. But it hasn't and there's hope on the horizon. Voices have stood up, community members have said "enough" and we are here to do better.
I believe that we can't do better until we know better (thank you Maya Angelou for that one), and it is through education and awareness that we can learn and therefore do better. As a privileged white woman, I truly know nothing about the injustices my black and brown brothers and sisters face. I simply can't.
But it is through taking the time to educate myself that I can become more informed about how my actions affect those around me. I can learn about how my participation in society has proliferated racial injustice. And I can learn how I can use my voice to support, amplify and bring awareness to those that face such severe biases and affected over and over again.
While there's much I don't know, what I do know that any form of oppression is wrong. I know that racial injustice is disgusting and wrong. I know that we can do better as a society. And I know that I can learn. It is my responsibility to learn.
I've put together this list of resources, culled from a few sources (all tagged below), to help you learn and do better too. I hope you find it useful.
- Learn, listen and educate yourself. I'm currently diving into: "Dear White People" and 1619 Podcast.
- Diversify your feed. Follow brown and black accounts on Instagram.
- Read. My reading list includes Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. How To Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
- Vote. Change starts at a community level. Obama has a great call-out here.
- Give money. Support: Campaign Zero, Color Of Change, NAACP, Black Lives Matter to name a few...
- Boycott. Use the power of your dollar.
- Join the conversation. Don't be afraid to lend your voice. Use your platform to educate.
- Be ok with this being uncomfortable. This should be painful and trying. It's serious.
- Support Black-owned businesses.
- Advocate for change through writing letters and making phone calls. Systemic race is real.
Want more? Watch this video from Trevor Noah.
This is a non-exhaustive list of resources. I encourage you to do your own research and find other and perhaps even more effective ways to help the cause.
More resources found here.
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