While we have some good news to share about Stylaquin, my heart and soul are with the protesters who are changing our world for the better. My friend and neighbor, Ray Rickman, shared a list of anti-racist resources for non-black people. (I’m very grateful he reached out.) So I’m sharing that instead.
NB: Discomfort in engaging anti-racist action is expected. Lean into it. Discomfort is a part of growth. Interrogate the “why” behind your discomfort by talking about it with your non-Black family and friends. (Racism is not a Black problem, it’s not their responsibility to “fix” or educate white people.)
Racism is learned. Talk with your children and family about racism in America and the ways they can fight it.
Anti-racism is a continuous process. You are never done with your education and action and you must actively engage anti-racism in your everyday life.
If you would like a guide to send you something to do daily, sign up for Anti-Racism Daily with Nicole Cardoza. If you’d like to discover on your own here are some resources for your journey. Commit to doing at least one thing right now. It could be making a donation, signing a petition, or buy a book and reading it. Take the first step now, don’t put it off.
- Donate to a local bail fund and mutual aid organization like FANG, AMOR, or the Massachusetts Bail Fund.
- Attend and support protests. If you are unable to be among a crowd, show up with water, snacks, masks or medical supplies.
- Sign petitions.
- Buy from Black-owned businesses and restaurants in your area.
Books to read: (Happily I’ve heard many are sold out but there’s always Kindle.)
- 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
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lourde
- 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 Isabels Wilkerson
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (From the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
- Hoodrat to Headwrap: a Decolonized Podcast
Social Media Accounts/Organizations to follow
- Antiracism Center
- Audre Lorde Project
- Black Women’s Blueprint
- Color of Change
- Color Lines
- The Conscious Kid
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
- Families Belong Together
- The Leadership Conference on Cilil & Human Rights
- MPower Change
- Muslim Girl
- National Domestic Workers Alliance
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
- United We Dream
Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: Books for children and young adults
- 31 Children’s books to support conversation on race, racism and resistance
- Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Sessions with Cindy Wang Brant’
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- PBS’s “Teaching Your Child About Black History Month”
- “Your Kids Arn’t Too Young to Talk About Race” Resource Roundup from Pretty Good
- The Conscious Kid” follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon.