It is always important to be engaged in conscious anti-racism. It is not enough not to be racist when discrimination and oppression costs lives. To say this has gone on too long is not enough, because it never should have happened.
White, Asian, or those of us who have to check that ‘other’ box, we all have a responsibility to stand with our black brothers and sisters. When some of us are not equal, all of us are not equal.
Desmond Tutu, Human Rights Activist, said:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”
Here’s how you can help.
How to better educate yourself:
No matter how you learn best, there are countless resources available to help educate about race and oppression.
Here are some incredible resources for self-education, including a lesson plan.
Here is an excellent visual guide to allyship from Instagram:
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POEM OF THE DAY * Evening everyone, tonight’s poem is from Blackish by British poet @tyronelewis22 * * Tyrone Lewis is the first ever Roundhouse Poet and a Roundhouse Slam Champion (2010). He has been a Barbican Young Poet and was one of the founding members of the collective Burn After Reading. He’s also been commissioned to write and perform for Orchestras on Channel 4 and is a full-time video editor. * In this witty, tender and insightful collection Lewis explores the complexity of identity, examining how one identifies oneself and how others perceive one’s identity. It’s a beautiful collection, which as his mum says, “makes you laugh and think in equal amounts”. * * Hope everyone is safe and well. Sending lots of love ❤️❤️❤️ * * * #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #poemoftheday #bookstagram #poetsofinstagram #tyronelewis #poetrylovers #poetryofinstagram
If you want to dig deeper, there are also some books that you can read, like Reni Eddo-Lodge’s WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE, for which she recently posted this information on how to get hold of the book:
This article also provides suggestions for other books that you can read.
Petitions you can sign:
Here is a great list of petitions you can sign for the US.
Where to donate:
Donate to Black Lives Matter here.
Protesting has throughout history been one of the most effective ways to make change in our society. Black Lives Matter protests have swept the world, and can be found in most major cities. With COVID 19 very much still a huge risk in many countries, please make sure it is safe for you to protest.
Weigh your choice to protest heavily with the risk that you may put yourself in especially if you, or someone you live with, is vulnerable. If you do choose to protest, make sure you do so safely. Star Wars actor and activist, John Boyega, shared this handy guide on how to be as safe as possible while protesting by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ team:
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BE SAFE. Here’s our guide on being prepared for safe protests. PLEASE READ ⬇️ . 1. LOOK OUT FOR THINGS THAT DON’T SEEM RIGHT. There are increasing reports and investigations that white supremacists may be infiltrating these protests, breaking windows and destroying property. If anything seems off to you, DOCUMENT IT. Always check who is organizing. . 2. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF GRASSROOTS BLACK ORGANIZERS. They have been at this a long time and are disciplined in the ropes of community organizing and demonstration. It IS a discipline. Follow trusted leaders whose goal has been the focused pursuit of justice. If they just showed up, that’s a red flag. . 3. HAVE A BUDDY. Make sure someone is keeping an eye on you and check in on them. . 4. STAY SAFE and take care of each other. 💜
Use your vote:
In a democracy, one of the greatest powers we wield is that of our vote. Consider whether politicians who make racist statements can be trusted with power over us, and research their voting records online if they are publicly available. We choose who runs our democracies, so make that choice count. Register to vote.
By Kahina Bouhassane