- Commit yourself to anti-racist work. Read articles and books by Black authors on structural and systemic racism. (There are also some really good books from white authors on their processes of examining their own inherent racism.) But be cognizant of supporting Black authors, book stores, and businesses to build them up economically.
- Support the families of the slain and donate to memorial funds. You can also donate to organizations helping fight for racial justice.
- Avoid amplification without action. Instead of sharing those unsettling videos or images of racial injustices being committed toward Black people to your whole feed, send it directly to a non-Black friend, family member, or loved one and use that moment as an opportunity to start a conversation. Share some of the information you’ve learned through your anti-racist work and make a plan on how you can collectively work together to dismantle systemic racism. Working with others promotes consistency and accountability.
- Put your body on the line for racial justice. Show up to rallies and protests to protect Black people from police harassment. (Police are typically less likely to assault or arrest a non-Black protester than someone Black.) If you cannot attend mass gatherings because of COVID-19 quarantines, disabilities, or other personal health issues, consider donating to an organization that bails protestors out of jail, or offer yourself up to be an emergency contact if someone needs one.
- Call your elected official’s offices, local police precincts, and attend city council meetings to drive accountability. Sign petitions and push for policies that center on racial justice.
- Check on the Black people in your life and center their emotional needs. You may think expressing your outrage on social media over Black murders is a show of solidarity, but, for us, it’s simply a reminder that we’re constantly doubted over the egregious realities we suffer at the hands of white supremacy. Offer to drop money in a Black person’s cash app or Venmo for a self-care day.
- Believe, listen to, and trust Black people. Avoid gaslighting us about our own experiences. Life is exhausting enough for Black people without having to debate our truths or prove our trauma is real.
- Intervene on behalf of Black people on social media. Social media is often a brutal space. Comment sections are landmines filled with ignorant commentary and overtly racist remarks. Don’t just sit on the sidelines. Intervene. It makes us feel supported and shows you’re willing to confront White supremacy head on instead of infantilizing or making excuses for it.
Awareness is important but change is necessary . I am constantly making mistakes and learning new ways in which my privilege can actively hurt people without it. As always blacklivesmatters have excellent resources, I also found 103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice whilst reading Ashlee Marie Preston’s article. I plan to make a list of resources I’ve found helpful soon. Keep learning, keep listening, keep acting. Remember you are fallible and forgive yourself for past errors. The moment you believe you are incapable of failing is the moment you stop learning.
Thanks for reading, stay safe if you can,
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