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Ways You Can Help BLM

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

BOOKS TO READ

  • Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins

  • Me and White Supremacy - Layla F. Saad

  • Heavy: An American memoir - Kiese Laymon

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism - Robin Diangelo, PhD

  • Between The World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Beloved - Toni Morrison

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge

  • So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oulo

  • The Color of Law - Richard Rothstein

PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO

PETITIONS TO SIGN

ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE TO

QUESTIONS TO AS YOURSELF

  • Who taught you about race and culture?

  • What can you do to support POC in your community?

  • What are you committed to doing outside of social media to end racial discrimination and systematic oppression?

  • How do you behave when you are confronted by racist behavior?

  • What do you want to learn more about?

  • What information could you teach people?

  • In what ways have you ignored this behavior in the past?

  • Why is it important for everyone to work towards ending this injustice?

  • How can you use anti-racist knowledge to change and progress classroom culture?

  • Do you owe anyone an apology?

  • How do you handle conflict?

TV SHOWS AND FILMS TO WATCH

  • 13th (Netflix)

  • American Son (Netflix)

  • See You Yesterday (Netflix)

  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)

  • The Hate U Give (Hulu)

  • Black Power Mixtape

  • Clemency

  • Fruitvale Station

  • I Am Not Your Negro

  • Just Mercy

  • Selma

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

  • Green Book

  • When They See Us (Netflix)

  • Dear White People (Netflix)

  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

  • Hidden Figures

  • The Help

ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW

  • Color of Change (@colorofchange)

  • The Conscious Kid (@theconsciouskid)

  • NAACP (@ncaap)

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (@showingupforracialjustice)

  • Families Belong Together (@fams2gether)

  • United We Dream (@unitedwedream)

  • MPowerChange (@mpowerchange)

  • The Leadership Conference (@Civilrightsorg)

  • Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org)

  • SisterSong (@sistersong_woc)

  • Overcoming Racism (@overcomingracism)

ACTION ITEMS

  • Register to vote

  • Check in on Black friends, family colleagues, and acquaintances.

  • Educate yourself- it is your job to learn about racial injustices and what you can do to help

  • Be an advocate for mental health- be aware of how what you are posting can affect others. Refrain from posting traumatic content as it can be triggering for many Black people and can increase dehumanization of Black people

  • Read the news and pay attention to social media- ignorance is NOT bliss.

  • Choose action over inaction. Attend protests and share your #BlackLivesMatter posts online, respect less of your follower count your voice is powerful

  • Be an ally at the dinner table. If you hear a racist conversation among family or friends, correct the speaker and initiate a discussion of why this is wrong.

  • Create a long term strategy- how will you be an ally for the rest of your life? Donate to organizations if you have the means to do so. Every dollar counts


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