I’ve spent the past few days trying to find the words to describe how I feel about what’s happening in the United States. As if there was some magic combination of sentences I could string together to make people realize, once and for all, that black lives matter. That white privilege is real. That what happened to George Floyd was murder.
I’ve been uncomfortable with my privilege for as long as I can remember. The way I deal with that is to consume as much information as possible. I read a lot. Statistics, stories, legal cases, facts, news. I refuse to sit here in my privilege by turning a blind eye.
We are not doing enough. Most of the time we aren’t doing anything. It’s shameful. White people say they don’t know how to help, and I have felt those feelings to my core. That does NOT give us a pass to do nothing. Go donate money to an organization, call out your friends and family on their racists jokes, support POC owned businesses, VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE, educate yourself on the issues that black people face every second of every day.
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We encourage everyone to educate themselves on the racism that PoC live through every day. We've compiled a list of resources below for you to help educate yourselves and others with.
articles + posts
Tigersted's post on anti-racism work you can support in Calgary
How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism: an Age by Age Guide
White Parents: Here's How to (And not to) Talk to Your Kids About Racism
11 Things You Can Do to Help Black Lives Matter End Police Violence
11 Organizations Bailing Out Protesters
An Essential Anti-Racist Reading List
Trevor Noah from The Daily Show: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Me And White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
Blind Spot: Hidden Bias of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
27 books to help you talk to your kids about racism
Malala's Magic Pencil
This Is How We Do It
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Rachel Cargle (Activist): https://www.rachelcargle.com/
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/