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.

Illustration by Sacrée Frangine

TAKE ACTION

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

13th

When They See Us

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Who Killed Malcom X?

American Son

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

Just Mercy

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

@bethsbookclub_

WHAT TO LISTEN TO

1619

About Race

Code Switch

The Diversity Gap

Intersectionality Matters!

Momentum: A Race Forward Pocast

Pod For Cause

Pod Save The People

Based on list by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein 

@mimimoffie

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

Campaign Zero

Unicorn Riot

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:

Watch this

And this

WEBSITES

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.

Black Lives Matter

@sefidemart

WHAT NEXT?

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!

L x

@jezzchung

 

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17 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this! It’s really important to make people aware of the issues going around so I’m really happy that you’ve provided people with the resources to learn, understand, and take action 😊

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it!

  2. I have a lot of respect for you going ahead and writing this whilst also acknowledging your own position and that you might not get everything right. This is such an important topic and we all need to keep doing what we can do to support the cause!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to write this post and sharing such helpful information. I’ve been wanting to do the same, but just wasn’t sure how to put my thoughts into words. I have been active on Instagram in particular however and it’s payday for me tomorrow, so I’m truly going to take the time to educate myself more.

    Kate | thelittlecrunch.co.uk

    1. I was feeling exactly the same and felt I couldn’t carry on with my usual content without doing this first. I’d encourage you to do the same 🙂

  4. There is a need for us all to be actively anti-racist all the time. This cycle has been repeated way too many times and we have to find a solution and make change once and for all.

    1. I completely agree, I really hope this doesn’t just ‘blow over’ again in a couple of days or weeks.

  5. This is a fantastic post!!! Packed full of links and resources. Plenty for me to go off and research. Well.done for using your platform to help!!!! I’m putting together a blog post which is a big list of great posts fellow bloggers have written on BLM. you’re definitely going onto the list (please let me know if you object. )xxxx

    1. Thanks for reading Beth, thank you for including me in your post – be sure to send me the link!

  6. Thank you so so much for sharing this! Having honest and open conversations is such a great step. The goal is to learn and educate so we can pick up the slack for the black community and fight for them. They are tired, frustrated, scared, angry, and in pain. They need to know that they have our support. Such a great post and will definitely be looking into your suggestions!

  7. This is an amazing post Lauren! It’ll be amazing if we can do our bit to educate ourselves on racism and making a change! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  8. This is such a well-written and important post. Thank you for sharing all the information and links. As a white woman in my late 30’s I can not even begin to understand what black men, women, and children in America (and all over the world) are going through. It’s heartbreaking. The only way we can end racism is to speak out and speak up.

    Kadie ♥ The Great Canadian Housewife | A Story About A Girl

    1. Thank you for taking time!

  9. Thank you for spreading this information around!!

    1. Thank you for taking time to read it!

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