As a 22 year old white girl coming from a place of privilege, it’s very difficult for me to know what to say or how to handle this situation, but I’ve decided I’d rather try and say something and get it wrong than to stay quiet and let it pass me by. To my black friends and followers, if I say or do anything that comes across in the wrong way or is offensive, please call me out on it! I’d rather know and learn from my mistakes.
As I said, I don’t know what the right thing to say is, but it felt wrong to just carry on as normal. So I’ve compiled a list of resources I’ve come across in the last couple of days that I’ve shared on my Instagram stories, but they’re only up for 24 hours and I wanted to post something more permanent.
I also want to take a moment to remind you that just because someone isn’t sharing on social media, doesn’t mean they’re not taking action offline, and vice versa. Ultimately, it’s what you’re doing offline that has the most impact.
Here is a list of petitions you can sign. Note that this list is not extensive, and I’ve found lots more on Twitter too, there’s plenty of threads going around if you search for them.
WHAT TO WATCH
When They See Us
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Who Killed Malcom X?
Dear White People
See You Yesterday
Jane Elliot’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyed Experiment
BBC Documentary: Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?
Crime: The Murder of Stephen Lawrence
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
If Beal Street Could Talk
The Hate U Give
I Am Not Your Negro
WHAT TO READ
So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism – Robin Diangelo
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Queenie – Candice Carty Williams
It’s Not About The Burqa – Edited by Mariam Khan
I Am Not Your Baby Mother – Candice Brathwaite
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo
Me and White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Dr Brittney Cooper
How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
The Diversity Gap
Momentum: A Race Forward Pocast
Pod For Cause
Pod Save The People
Based on list by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
WHERE TO DONATE
Click here for a list of organisations you can donate to.
Other places to donate:
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Visions Creative
Black Lives Matter
Reclaim The Block
North Star Health Collective
HOW TO DONATE IF YOU HAVE NO MONEY:
There are a few videos going around YouTube that basically allow you to donate even if you don’t have any spare money yourself. These videos have a tonne of ads (make sure you have ad blocker turned off) and all of the revenue from those ads is being donated to various BLM organisations including: Brooklyn Bail Fund, Minnesota Freedom Fund, Atlanta Action Network, Columbus Freedom Fund, Louisville Community Bail Fund, Chicago Bond, Black Visions Collective, Richmond Community Bail Fund, The Bail Project Inc, NW Com Bail Fund, Philadelphia Bail Fund, The Korchhinski-Parquet Family Gofundme, George Floyd’s Family Gofundme, Reclaim The Block, ACLU, blacklivesmatter.com
Here are a couple of videos I have found:
Good Good Good Features entire document of antiracism resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein. Includes podcasts, articles, tools for white parents, books, films, organisations to follow on social media and more.
Moving forward, I think it’s important that we consider how to implement anti-racism in day to day life. I’m not going to tell you who to follow or who to buy from, but just scroll through your feed and notice if you’re following any black influencers or content creators? Are you supporting black-owned businesses? Reading books by BAME authors? Take some time to reflect, think about your actions, educate yourself. Talk to your black friends, talk to your racist family, have difficult conversations.
Remember these resources are not extensive, just a bit of summary of what I’ve been sharing on my Instagram stories. Please go out and find more of your own and share them for others to see. Don’t just let this pass.
If anyone has any more reading/watching/listening recommendations or anything to hear, please use the comments to do so!