The #BlackLivesMatter movement is thankfully trending now but all of us need to understand that anti-racism isn’t a trend. So let’s stand together, let’s keep the discussion going while finding ways how to take action against systemic racism and anti-blackness.
After decades of fighting for freedom, liberation and justice there could finally be a chance of change for Black communities. As protests, following the murder of George Floyd, continue across the United States and many other countries, our hopes are still fragile and can easily turn into frustration again. It is especially up to white people to take action now and learn how to be a better ally or how to be an ally at all. So we are speaking directly to you in this article.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”, James Baldwin once said. This simple quote couldn’t be more accurate these days because that is what white people finally need to do – face the problem. And it may hurt, it will definitely be uncomfortable but it is the only way to smash the system of White supremacy that you are living in. So the work really starts with self-reflection which also means recognizing your privilege that is given to you just because of your skin color and interrogating your own complicit role in perpetuating racism. You have to do the work, don’t put the labor on all the Black people you know. Get out of your comfort zone, listen to Black voices, don’t invalidate Black experiences, do the research, educate yourself, protest and stop reaffirming that you are one of the good ones. Just be it. It’s not about being perfect but about the effort you put into growing.
So how can you take it further? Here are some organizations, funds and petitions that you can support or donate to, activists and educational Instagram accounts that you can learn from as well as book recommendations that can help you on your way. So let’s get it on!
Organizations and Funds
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
I Run With Maud
In Memory of Tony Mcdade
Raise The Degree
Justice for George Floyd
Demand justice for George Floyd
Fight for Breonna
Charge the Minneapolis Police Officers
Luvvie Ajayi Jones
No White Saviors
S. Lee Merrit
Shifting The Culture
Movement For Black Lives
Color Of Change
“Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World” by Layla F. Saad
“Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
“Notes of a Native Son” by James Baldwin
“I Am Not Your Negro” by James Baldwin
“Black Looks: Race and Representation” by Bell Hooks
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
“How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“Your Silence Will Not Protect You” by Audre Lorde
“Oreo” by Fran Ross
Find out even more ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement here: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co
We also encourage all supporters, that live outside the US, to inform themselves about organizations in their country and donate to direct funds there.