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Hi Friends. I hope you are all taking care of yourselves. This list is too giant to fully show up in your email so you may need to click through to view the entire thing.
Last week I suggested that you reach out to your Black friends. Like everything in this newsletter, this requires some thought and editing on your part. I am grateful for these two Twitter threads here and here.
As I promised last issue, I’m going to be offering a lot of resources for non-Black folks on how you can educate yourselves on being anti-racist and implement it every day. It is my hope that any non-white readers of this can then use this link as an evergreen response to people asking for education.
Note: Reading all the books on anti-racism in the world is worthless if you aren’t also using your voice.
Remember: It is a privilege to be able to learn about racism instead of experiencing it your whole life.
Another note: If you’re reading this, you’ll probably continue to make mistakes around race. That’s okay! It’s important that you try and that when you receive new information, you learn from it. As long as you continuously try and learn, you are not failing. You ARE failing, though, if you’re not trying and if you’re keeping silent.
Before you jump into any of the resources below, you need to first learn what it means to be anti-racist. I again quote Angela Davis:
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
The National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian has a wonderful, easy-to-understand page on being anti-racist.
The list of resources below are primarily links to round-ups of further resources. The majority of these resources are free. I highly encourage you to seek out if the creators have a place to give them tips (check their profiles) and then give them money for their work.
The resources are categorized by platform: Twitter, web link, Instagram. Some of them overlap or maybe say the same thing in a different way, but I respect that I have readers who learn better in one way vs another.
If you see asterisks *** it means I think the resource is a great place to start or also, I would otherwise like to call it out. If you see dollar signs ($) it means the resource includes a list of places that you can donate to (but the resource is not necessarily solely lists of places to donate).
It is up to YOU to click through the lists. It is up to YOU to do the homework. Like I said last week, ally is a verb.
At the time of this posting, all of these Tweets are public. Many of them are threads for you to click through and then scroll down. Since they are public, you should be able to view them even if you don’t have a Twitter account. Instead of embedding, I am linking directly to the Tweets. I take no credit for these posts and I am only curating the list.
100 Must-Read Children’s Books by African-American creators
($) Bail relief thread. Please make sure you research if the fund is still taking donations at this time. Some have a lot of capital for now and are redirecting funds to others.
Some research-based solutions to slowing police violence
This is going to be a hard truth for some of you
This thread by a history educator included so many things I didn’t know
Thread of Black-owned bookshops to support
A reading list for abolition (direct link to doc here)
This thread on police violence has some phenomenal links
White parents of white children! This is a thread of resources for you
Here’s a reading list where it looks like everything is maybe available to read online?
Thread of Black women scholars doing important work around race
Links Links Links
*** ($)Black Lives Matter The official Black Lives Matter (BLM) page. Includes a ton of excellent resources as well as links out to the official chapters. There are a lot of fake accounts out there.
*** Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways Very helpful link in responding to clowns saying “all lives matter” in response to “Black lives matter.” One of the examples that I don’t think is at this link but I appreciate is: if you are with a group of your friends and someone gets a cut on their leg, you give them a bandage. You don’t go around to every friend except the cut one and give them bandages and say, “All legs matter.”
*** Talking About Race from the NMAAHC This is where I got the anti-racist page I linked at the top of the newsletter. This is from the Smithsonian and has a user-friendly way of relating topics such as Bias, Race & Racial Identity, and Whiteness. Here is an article about this link
*** Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad is a book/workbook that I have heard wonderful things about from many, many people.
For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies from Sojourners This resource list is written by someone who says they love Jesus, if that sort of thing matters to you (or if you want to avoid it). That being said, I think their tone is so much nicer than mine hahahaha so this is maybe a good resource for someone who wants just a tiny bit of coddling.
*** ($) Anti-racism Resources List I had this tab open and unfortunately, I don’t remember how I came across it. Twitter, maybe? Anyway, it’s pretty good. Nice variety. Easy layout (it’s a Google doc)
National Resource List which is also available as a spreadsheet. The person who created the doc describes it as, “This Google document contains links to community bail funds, memorial funds, political education resources, organizations to put on your radar as well as general advice/tips for people attending protests or using social media as an organizing tool.”
Resource list from UK-based site It’s Nice That It’s a mix of charities, things to read, things to watch, people & orgs to follow.
($) Collection of resources from Great Big Story More resources on being an ally to the Black lives matter movement
A list of resources curated by Katie Couric Yeah, I’m stunned too.
Anti-racist resource collection This collection is aimed at people wanting to dig in academically
31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance I love this list! And it’s not only focused on books with Black characters. There are other races represented as well.
Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus from JSTOR. This is phenomenal. For those of you who like homework, this one’s for you.
*** whiteaccomplices.org Helps teach how to move from Actor to Ally to Accomplice. Well-organized site that is clear to understand.
($) Alive & Free A nonprofit I am very, personally familiar with that keeps young people out of prison and gets them into college
($) Anti-Police Terror Project “Anti Police-Terror Project is building a replicable and sustainable model to end state-sanctioned murder and violence against Black, Brown, and poor people. “
($) Black Visions Collective “Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.”
($) Campaign Zero Focuses on creating policies and road maps for ending police violence in America
($) Reclaim the Block (Reclaim the Block has put together a list of more places to donate in Reclaim the Block: fund our broader movement)
($) Ella Baker Center for Human Rights “Named after civil rights hero Ella Baker, we organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to build power and prosperity in our communities.”
*** Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages From the Evanston Public Library. Well-organized and well-curated, of course. And I love that it categorizes things by age. And there aren’t just books on this list!
Critical Racial & Social Justice Education Resources from Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. While I can’t say I wholeheartedly recommend her book (maybe half-heartedly), the resource page is pretty great.
Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Booklist for White Readers from Charis Books. This list looks like a mixed bag. There are some titles that I agree with, many titles with which I am unfamiliar, and many titles that center whiteness which, pro tip: don’t. Don’t do that.
Anti-racism Resources from Rachel Ricketts. I am not yet familiar with her work, but her resources look legit.
Rachel Cargle’s The Great Unlearn This resource is not free, nor should it be. I just subscribed. If you can afford to, you should as well. She does phenomenal work.
Anti-racist Books & Resources from Penguin Random House. Books & more. Some of these I’ve read and some are on my TBR.
Anti-racism Resources for All Ages from Nicole the Librarian aka Dr. Nicole A. Cooke at the University of South Carolina. The page is visually overwhelming but there are some excellent resources.
So You Want to Be Woke: A Reading Guide for White People on Book Riot. This is from 2018 and there are many more books, but I appreciate this list from my colleague Mya Nunnally.
*** Anti-racist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi. If that first list is annoying (it’s the New York Times), the lovely librarians at the Chicago Public Library made a much more user-friendly version of this same list.
Anti-racist Book List from Loyalty Booksellers. It’s on Bookshop.org where I recommend you buy all books, unless they’re audiobooks and in that case, use libro.fm. I am not getting any sort of advert money from them. They just support indie bookshops and you should too.
Another anti-racist Book List from Brain Lair Books, also on Bookshop.org
Decolonize Your Mind Book List from Duende District, also on Bookshop.org
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race from Pretty Good Design. There’s a graphic from them below in the Instagram resources section. Children as young as 2 use race to reason about people’s behaviors.
This white supremacy pyramid is useful: by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (2005) and adapted by Ellen Tuzzolo (2016)
Instagram Images and Slides
Many (but not all) of these are slideshows and require clicking through to see each panel of information
I’m on the Internet too much and I have seen many comments in the past few days from white folks saying they don’t know what to do. I made this specifically for you. It is in no way comprehensive but I am hoping it is a start on your Allyship journey. Some Black people may be willing to teach you, but please remember: it is not their job. There is so much more I could add here so I might make a part 2.
FAQ (will update as questions come)
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discusses the killing of #GeorgeFloyd
and the ensuing protests. Watch the full video at youtube.com/thedailyshow
The same white tears u weaponize to perpetuate your toxic white femininity in an attempt to silence, speak over and/or assert dominance & control over Black folks, which often results in death to Black people are just as violent as the tears you’re weaponizing right now in your virtue signaling.
The white tears you’re crying about Black lives are not really about our Black lives at all, and are more about you.
Those tears are a way for you to appear as if you’re “one of the good ones”. It’s like, “look at me, I all of sudden care so much about Black lives that I’m even crying about it”. But we’ve been Black all this time, we’ve been suffering, speaking out & calling y’all in to this work all this time.
And y’all have remained unbothered.
And now you want to cry.
No, your tears are for you.
Those tears are your guilt, shame & embarrassment streaming down your face as u begin to see just how harmful & complicit you’ve been in upholding white supremacy.
Your tears do not bring us to a level of connection with u, they only add more grief to what we’re already experiencing.
Black people have been being murdered & you’ve cried no tears for our lives then, you’ve not grieved with us then, & you want us to believe that all of sudden u care about our lives.
You want to care, maybe, but you don’t & that’s why we’re here where we are now.
Bc for over 400 years you’ve cared more about ur business launches, reputation, ego, feelings, money, comfort & time than you’ve ever cared for a our Black lives.
You may be feeling all kinds of feelings that are erupting into sadness & grief, but when I tell you it’s more about u than it’s about Black folks, trust me.
And that’s why doing the inner work is so important Bc it calls you to be honest about things like this.
And when you’re honest about it then u can do something about it.
How do I know it’s more about you than its about me...one, we’ve heard & seen these antics all before.
Keep swiping for more... (And do not comment or send me a DM asking me to further explain this to you...sign up for a class, consult or program if you want to further understand and grow in this work.
This is not “1-800-phone a Black girl”.
The number one response I get when I talk about our white privilege. I understand all life matters, but all lives are not equally in danger. If both my sons were playing and one broke their arm and one didn’t I would not give them the same medical treatment. I would take care of the one in more danger. It would not mean one mattered more than the other, it would mean one needed my aid faster. It’s not a competition or a confrontation. People come in this space who don’t even follow me and just start nonsense in my comments. Today I’ll just block, no one needs to be triggered by ignorance. Take care of each other.
〰️ This is to my white friends with feed fatigue. I’m hoping that we can speak frankly for a moment. 〰️ A call for sustained attention and care.
Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time.
For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here.
A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to - please go and follow @nowhitesaviors
+ a few more: @akalamusic
who all have books or resources from many more years of experience.
Peace, love and light 🙏🏼❤️🌟
In an essay for the New York Times, acclaimed professor, award-winning author, and director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, @ibramxk
dove into the topic of how to combat racism:
“No one becomes “not racist,” despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be “anti-racist” on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.
We learn early the racist notion that white people have more because they are more; that people of color have less because they are less. I had internalized this worldview by my high school graduation, seeing myself and my race as less than other people and blaming other blacks for racial inequities.
To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing.”
In order to do this, we have to educate ourselves. We can learn about covert white supremacy, follow organizations leading the way for racial equity and justice, watch films, listen to podcasts, and read books. This doesn’t need to be seen as a chore, but can instead be seen as an opportunity — an opportunity to better understand ourselves, love our neighbors, and become the change we wish to see.#AntiRacism #BecomeGoodNews
Link to resources in bio
You can’t fix something you can’t see. ❤️ Solving present-day race issues doesn’t start with ignoring race altogether – it starts with acknowledging it (and all of the implications that come along with it).
I wrote this last year and it still feels relevant so I’ll share it again:
“For me, seeing in color means a few things. It’s seeing people the way God made them - seeing them in their fullness. Yes, that includes their ethnicity… but also their passions, their fears, their favorite things. All of it! When you say ‘I don’t see color,’ I hear ‘I’m choosing to ignore parts of you.’ And if you don’t see me, you can’t fight for me.” #blackhistorymonth
• Do better, rest, be better, heal, do the work •
[apologies, this is the most updated version]
We’re in this fight for social justice together. Leaving this place better then what we were born into is part of our gift, and when our brothers and sisters are getting gunned down, lynched, and left to a system not made for us, then we got work to do. .
Here are ways we can step-up our game as allies & accomplices. We need more accomplices than allies, and it starts with our own decolonization or psychological healing. Here are some things to check in with yourself about. The time is now.
To get involved with organizations that are great social justice orgs, here are a few of my recommendations:
✊🏽 @anakbayanusa @anakbayanmetromanila
Do you have anymore recommendations on organizations Filipin@/x can get involved in when starting out? .
.#filipinosforblacklives #filipinx #filipinasforblacklives #drtherapinay #feministtherapy #decolonizingmentalhealth #decolonizingtherapy #sikolohiyangpilipino #filipinx #pilipina #filipinxfeministpsychology #healingvibrations #decolonizedminds #islandwomanrise #islandwomxnrise #isangbagsak #babaylan #pinay #pilipina #pinoypride #pinxypride #pinaypower #filipinomentalhealth #asianmentalhealth #endthestigma
We all have to show up. Solidarity is the only answer. Revolution NOW!
I am looking forward to speaking to you all this evening as I give my public address on revolution. As an educator I will be doing my part to offer critical language and a critical lens through which to approach your role in the fight for justice.
There are many roles in the work. The organizers, the educators, the mobilizers, the protestors, the resource distributors, the medical, the lawyers, the activists. People who have dedicated their lives and their learning to showing up in this fight. Find the leadership you need to get active.
If you RSVP’d to my public address this evening you will be receiving an email in the next few hours with time and virtual location details. If you’d like to attend you can RSVP at the link in my bio.
I want to personally send my deepest gratitude to every human body who has put their comfort and safety on the line to uprise in the most tangible ways against the systems that are killing us all.
Tips slides by @69herbs
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Made a resource to respond to a lot of the questions I’ve been getting. If you have others, DM me! 🚨 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨 another live at 6:30 EST tonight with @eorlins
, Public Defender and candidate for Manhattan D.A. to talk about the criminal justice system and what reform might look like. Set a reminder with the countdown sticker in my story 📲
ATT: ALL NON-BLACK PEOPLE, SWIPE FOR 5 WAYS TO TAKE ACTION!! ⚡️💥We have been unpacking the injustices that have taken place. What does justice look like for Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and all the Black lives that are lost to white supremacy? What is my individual responsiblity in addressing anti-blackness, anti-indigenitey, and racism in my workplace, community, and home? What am I personally willing to risk, give up, let go of, and lean into in order to insure that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are able to survive and thrive? These are some of the questions we are processing as we continue to ground ourselves in the urgency of our work and call all of us into action, and solidarity. Rest in Power #ahmadarbery
and #breonnataylor #blacklivesmatter#justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforbre #sayhername #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor #BlackLivesMatter#justiceforBreonnaTaylor #justiceforBre #irunwithMaud#JusticeforJoa
̃oPedro #DreasjonReed #JusticeforJoa
Here are 10 simple ways you can #ShowUp
against racism from @derrickclifton
, originally published on @mic
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