Anti-Racism Resources and Action Items // Black Lives Matter
May 31, 2020 / Molly Patrick /
By Molly Patrick
May 31, 2020
Clean Food Dirty Girl is a website and a business dedicated to helping people eat more plants and less of everything else. We do this to help empower people to take their health into their own hands so we don’t have to rely on the medical system for conditions and diseases that are related to unhealthy food.
As individuals and as a company, we feel strongly about being vocal and taking action against racism. Every White person has White privilege, whether we asked for it or not. With that privilege comes a responsibility to stand up for people who do not have those same privileges and to help dismantle the systemic racism that the United States (and many other countries) was built on.
The murder of Breonna Taylor, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the murder of George Floyd, the murder of countless Black people is horrific and infuriating. The Amy Cooper phone call was shameful. But things like this are nothing new, things like this have been happening for centuries. We’re just witnessing more of them now because of smartphones and social media. Unlike the history we learned in school, this country was blatantly built for White people and to keep White people in power.
Like Angela Davis said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.”
I take this to mean educating myself about the true history of The United States, understanding White privilege and the role I have played in it, getting up to date about current government policies, learning about the criminal justice system, listening to the Black community, reading Black literature, learning from Black leaders, making phone calls, sending emails, signing petitions, showing up at town halls, speaking up when I witness racism in my community, protesting, having conversations with family and friends, supporting Black owned business, and voting in all state and federal elections. Basically, being a good human to other humans.
When we start doing these things, we will no longer be “shocked” when Black people are murdered by White people with little or no consequence. We will be empowered to show up and continually fight for what is right, not just when another murder happens and it gets trendy again.
We SHOULD be angry and heartbroken about the unjust events that have happened this past week, past month, past year, past decade, past centuries. And right now, White folks (including me) need to take more action and have less discussion about taking action. Yes, discussing is important, it gets people fired up, but let’s work on having that discussion lead to actual change.
Here is a list of resources and people that have helped guide my actions. Dive in and don’t resist when you get uncomfortable. We must get uncomfortable in order to fully understand White privilege. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they are upset and they don’t know what to do. Let’s stop saying that, it isn’t helping. Pick one thing and start there. And then let that one thing lead to the next thing.
If you have good resources that should be added to this list, feel free to share them in the comments below.
PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO:
- Seeing White (by Scene On Radio)
- Sincerely Lettie
- Yo, Is This Racist?
- Good Ancestor
- The Breakdown
VIDEOS TO WATCH:
Systemic racism explained.
Matthew Kincaid – Taken from his Facebook post.
Watch this by Trevor Noah (especially if you have issues with the protests).
Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story – Robin D’Angelo.
Powerful words from people pushed to the brink.
- What is racism?
- How white people can be effective allies
- The “All Lives Matter” response
- Holy shit, being an ally isn’t about me!
- A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 ‘Fed Up’- Rising
- Performative Allyship Is Deadly
- Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests
BOOKS TO READ:
- Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- 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
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
- The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All by Elisa Camahort Page
- I’m Still Here – Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Brown Channing
- Do the work – an anti-racist reading list
ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT AND LEARN FROM:
- Black Lives Matter
- Grassroots Law Project
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Know Your Rights Camp
- The Love Land Foundation
- Together Rising
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Coming to the Table
- The Racial Equity Institute
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- The BIPOC Project
- Overcoming Racism
- The Adaway Group
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Teaching Tolerance
- Campaign Zero
- Center for Policing Equity
- The Movement for Black Lives
ANTI-RACIST EDUCATORS TO LEARN FROM:
- Rachel Cargle ( @rachel.cargle on IG)
- Austin Channing ( @austinchanning on IG)
- Layla F. Saad ( @laylafsaad on IG)
- Ebony Janice ( @ebonyjanice on IG)
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ACTION ITEMS:
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racism Resources
- Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives
- A good list of children’s books
- A good resource for parents
- Policy reform actions
- Sign this petition
- Donate to the nationwide bail funds
- Watch these TED Talks
- Watch and subscribe to Emmanuel Acho’s web series, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
- Make sure you are registered to vote, register to vote by mail, and get election reminders.
- Find out when your local and state elections are and make sure you and everyone you know votes this November (2020).
- Our Mayors determine how the Police behave in our cities. Our District Councilman and Supervisors are elected to represent us to the Mayor and hold them accountable. Our District Attorneys determine how we are charged and prosecuted. The judges determine how to execute the laws. These are all ELECTED officials who impact our lives and how Justice is served. Their elections are not always the same time as the national elections. Be clued up about who is representing you in your district and vote with your values.
- Google Doc featuring black-owned bookstores
- Install 5 Calls on your phone and make phone calls to your representatives every day (scripts and phone numbers included).
- Join or start a protest in your town / city to demand racial justice.
- Contact your local leaders (sample script below)
Call, write, email, and petition your local leaders (I.e. mayors, governors, Congress and Senate) telling them you demand social justice and police reform. They need to know in this election year that this is a top priority.
If you have never contacted a representative before, it is quick and easy. You will most likely be directed to voicemail, and if you do speak to anyone, it will be an assistant. The main point is to let them know what is important and concerning to you. They track and record, so that is why it is important to contact them.
Congress will be holding hearings in coming weeks on use of excess force by police and racial violence. Once bills are created, that is the time again to contact your reps and let them know which bills you want passed. Topics to research are “for profit criminal justice system”, “police demilitarization”, and “defunding police”.
Here is a script you can use when you call:
“My name is [first and last name]. I live in [city, town, county, island, etc…], and I am one of your constituents. I am calling because I am very concerned about our policing procedures and police accountability. I ask that you immediately prioritize policing reform.”
Now go eat some delicious fucking plants and stand up for our Black brothers and sisters. Please add a comment below and tell me three action steps you will take today to help fight racial injustice.
Molly + Team Dirty