what we can DO to heal our human family.
Where to begin
Understanding White Privilege
If you're able and inclined to donate, we also recommend the following organizations:
NAACP - A legal organization helping to "win landmark legal battles, protect voters across the nation, and advance the cause of racial justice."
Black Lives Matter - You can become a "Global Member" by donating $5 to support their campaigns to bring justice and healing to black people worldwide.
Black Visions Collective - "BVLC is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive."
You can also seek justice for George Floyd by signing the following petitions:
or by texting FLOYD to 55156.
Journal prompts and conversation starters
How has wanting to be good, nice, and likeable kept you from engaging in discussions of racism?
We cannot ask our black brothers and sisters to teach us. We have to do the educating ourselves. I urge you to take the time to absorb them, discuss them, and continue the dialogue. What I've done is set up an accountability WhatsApp group - we are all listening or reading to Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (listed below). There are 40 chapters, so we'll do one chapter a day for 40 days.
Queenie - Canice Carty-Williams
For even more book suggestions, check out this thorough and insightful list compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein.
YOUTUBEBlack Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives - Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett & Charlene Carruthers
"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" - Peggy McIntosh at TED x TimberlaneSchools
The House I Live In - Eugene Jarecki
NETFLIX13th - Ava DuVernay
American Son - Kenny Leon
Dear White People - Justin Simien
When They See Us - Ava DuVernay
See You Yesterday - Stefon Bristol
HULUIf Beale Street Could Talk - Barry Jenkins
The Hate U Give - George Tillman Jr.
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
Clemency - Chinonye Chukwu
Fruitvale Station - Ryan Coogler
I am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin doc
Just Mercy - Destin Daniel Cretton
Selma - Ava DuVernay
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
1619 (New York Times)
Code Switch (NPR)
Intersectionality Matters! - 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
We'd like to end with this poem...
Take it Further
Mustafa the Poet
"Now that you've made your statements &
reposted those stories, how will you take it
further? Are these words you strung
together reflective of your lifestyle offline?
Who are you offline? Do you listen to the
black community? Make space for them? Do
you protect black women from the
relentless attacks they survive in your
workplace? Your neighbourhood? Do you
address the colourism, the
microaggressions? You joined a choir of
people online, echoes chants of freedom
and justice. Does your voice still carry when
you break away from this crowd? Do you
still use your voice & stand by your words
when you don't have a protective liberal
bubble that repeats your thoughts?
Take it further."