There is Work to Be Done:
Anti-Racism Resources

There is Work to Be Done: Anti-Racism Resources. Black Lives Matter. I sat at my computer keyboard many times this week trying to find the words to best express my sadness at the horrible and violent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless others that came before them. Stephon Clark, Alton Sterling, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Amadou Diallo, Walter Scott, Eric Garner and so many more.

I am outraged at the police brutality and the racial injustice that still permeates our society at every level. But I also realize that my outrage is not nearly enough.

A blog post, a donation, a protest, a petition – while important, these are not enough to facilitate the lasting change we so desperately need.

As #MyPresident, Barack Obama, so eloquently wrote in this recent piece, “If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.”

I have been asked many times over the years how I am comfortable speaking out about politics and causes I care about publicly and on my business platform. Aren’t I afraid of losing clients or alienating people? My answer has always been, “How can we not talk about politics? Politics affects us on all of the things we should care about – healthcare, education, equality, our children, social justice and so much more.” To not care about politics or the issues that affect our lives every day is the height of ignorance, the epitome of privilege, an utter lack of awareness, or sadly, all three.

And if I lose a few so-called friends and followers because I talk about politics? Those were never my people to begin with.

So how does one go about addressing such a complex and emotional situation, especially as a white woman of privilege? I want to listen and I want to learn, but I also want to speak out and I want to help. I am a doer – not someone who is comfortable sitting idly by while injustice rages rampant.

There is Work to Be Done: Anti-Racism Resources. Black Lives Matter.

Like many white women I know and respect, I am listening to and learning from my black peers and leaders and using my platform to share and educate alongside them. I am donating to the organizations I know like Black Lives Matter and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and learning about and supporting others I am discovering like Campaign Zero, which is working to end police violence in our country. And I am taking action through SameSide, a platform that amplifies campaigns that fight for equality, justice and progress.

I questioned whether I am the right person to share these resources, as there are so many who are more qualified than me. But if I can play some small part in a more equitable and just society, in supporting my black sisters and brothers and bringing more awareness and education to even one more human, then it is most definitely worth it.

All lives can’t matter until black lives matter. Until all lives are valued equally, there is more work to be done.

The reality is, we all need to do our part. This is a marathon, not a sprint and we all have the power to influence for good.

Perhaps it begins with reading a couple of books about racial inequity in America and watching 13th or Just Mercy. If you have the financial wherewithal, donating to organizations that are fighting racial injustice and serving those on the front line is needed now more than ever. If you are a business owner, it may be taking a hard look at your hiring practices and who you surround yourself with. My good friend, Rachel Rodgers, wrote an excellent piece last year on how to create diversity within your online business.

The important thing is to do something and keep going. The protests will eventually come to an end, but the work must continue.

There is Work to Be Done: Anti-Racism Resources. Black Lives Matter.

Actress and activist Viola Davis shared an important quote on her Instagram feed earlier this week. It read, “Some are posting on social media. Some are protesting in the streets. Some are donating silently. Some are educating themselves. Some are having tough conversations with friends and family. A revolution has many lanes – be kind to yourself and to others who are traveling in the same direction. Just keep your foot on the gas.”

Pedal to the metal, friend.
 


 

This is a living and evolving post and is by no means presented as an exhaustive list of resources. We will continue to update it regularly. If you have a suggestion you would like to add, please email us directly at hello@shebrand.com.

RESOURCES
Anti-Racism Resources – adapted from a Google doc compiled by activists Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
How to Become an Anti-Racist – a great resource from Crooked Media
Why Saying All Lives Matter is a Problem
Support Your Black Lives Matter Chapter
Black Lives Matter Google doc – comprehensive list of ways to donate and stay involved, updated every day
Internalized Whiteness in the U.S. Southeast
Resources for Addressing Racism – from my friend, author, and community builder, Pamela Slim
Whiteness at Work – a free training from Desiree Adaway, Ericka Hines and Jessica Fish on dismantling oppressive systems and building a more equitable and inclusive workplace
SameSide – a mobilization and action platform that brings people together to amplify campaigns for equality, justice and progress.
Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community + Resources

 

FOLLOW
Alicia Garza
Andrea Ranae
Austin Channing Brown
Bernice A. King
Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Desiree Adaway
Ericka Hines
Layla F. Saad
Opal Tometi
Patrisse Cullors-Brignac
Prentis Hemphill
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle
Rachel Rodgers

 

READ
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Sister Outsider – Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Phd
Women Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis

 

WATCH
13th (Netflix)
American Son (Netflix)
Dear White People (Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro – James Baldwin documentary (available to rent)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
Just Mercy (Amazon Prime, Google Play and iTunes – free on all sites for the month of June)
King in the Wilderness (HBO)
See You Yesterday (Netflix)
Selma (available to rent)
The Hate You Give (Cinemax)
When They See Us (Netflix)

 

SUPPORT & DONATE
Advancement Project
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Audre Lorde Project
Black Lives Matter
Black Visions Collective
Black Voters Matter
Campaign Zero
Color of Change
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
National Bail Fund Network
National Urban League
Race Forward
Reclaim the Block
Southern Poverty Law Center
Support Black-Owned Businesses

 

VOTE
Register to Vote
Request an absentee ballot
Vote Save America

Voting Guide 2020: Issues That Matter to Seniors
 

There is Work to Be Done: Anti-Racism Resources. Black Lives Matter. Artwork by Natalie Byrne

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  2. […] James Baldwin once wrote, “We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.” We can’t “kumbaya” our way into anti-racism. Education is essential, as are listening, learning and taking action. We must be willing to have the hard conversations if we truly want an anti-racist society. […]

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