A time comes when silence is betrayalMartin Luthur King, Jr.
Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence
I made a mistake in muting my voice. It was my intention to amplify black voices, however staying silent is not enough. It is my responsibility to learn, listen and speak out. We messed up with #Blackouttuesday. In an earnest desire to do something good the movement was flooded with black boxes. So many were tagged #blacklivesmatter that it was almost impossible to find resources, and advice. Whilst my opinion as a white woman is not important or necessary hopefully my voice can be.
Below is a short list of resources focusing mostly in the UK and how those born with privilege can recognise that privilege and learn how to be better themselves. It is not the job of the oppressed to teach their oppressors how to behave. I’ve tried my best to listen and provide valuable resources however, if there is anything here you think is harmful, tone deaf or in anyway detrimental to the cause then please let me know.
- Black Lives Matter – A comprehensive list of ways to help including petitions, donations and protest information. I’ll be including some of the same resources here.
- Donate with no Money – A youtube playlist in which all of the ad revenue goes to Black Lives Matter. Watch this or play it in the background with headphones plugged in. Turn off your adblockers, do not skip ads, keep the volume at 50% of higher. Keep the resolution in 480p or higher, like and comment the videos and spread this playlist on social media.
- Invest – Bustle have created a great list of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) owned businesses. There are a great many resources available through Bustle including places to donate and sign petitions.
- Me and White Supremacy – Layla F. Saads A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
- White Fragility – Robin Diangelo Anger. Fear. Guilt. Denial. Silence. These are the ways in which ordinary white people react when it is pointed out to them that they have done or said something that has – unintentionally – caused racial offence or hurt. But these reactions only serve to silence people of colour, who cannot give honest feedback to ‘liberal’ white people lest they provoke a dangerous emotional reaction.
- Write To Them – An excellent resource to help get in touch with your MP or representative. There are reports that the UK govenment are exporting tear gas rubber bullets and riot shields to the USA. don’t worry if you’re not sure how to word a letter. This draft letter was created for that very purpose.
- Sign Petitions – A comprehensive list of petitions to support Black Lives Matter, including calls for police accountability, bans on tear gas, and justice for the victims and their families.
- Speak to Friends and Family – this links to a great article which gives advice on how to start an uncomfortable conversations with those in your life who may need it.