Updated June 15, 2020: Since publishing this post, Minnesota Freedom Fund has received a flood of support and has asked that donations go to other organizations such as Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block. I’ve also read that White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo might not be particularly helpful. Though full disclosure, I still plan to read it. Speaking of books, it has also been suggested to purchase books by Black authors and also to purchase them from Black-owned bookstores. Check out Well-Read Black Girl to discover inspiring reads and to connect with a community of Black women.
I have been hesitant to post on social media this past week because I didn’t think it would be helpful. Aren’t I preaching to the choir? Isn’t everyone just re-sharing the same handful of posts? And though that may be true to some extent, I would be remiss not to acknowledge that your posts have been helpful in taking action. I hope by sharing it will encourage you as well.
- Donate to the Peoples City Council Freedom Fund and Minnesota Freedom Fund
- Sign Change.org petitions for Justice for George Floyd, Justice for Breonna Taylor, the Disbarment of George E. Barnhill in support of Ahmaud Arbery, and the Banning of the Use of Rubber Bullets
- Purchase White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Between the World and Me, and How to Be an Antiracist
- Read and share this article outlining 30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday
- Send a letter asking the LA City Council to pass a budget that prioritizes its citizens values
- Watch the livestream of The Dance Union Town Hall for Collective Action
Thank you to everyone who is doing, and has been doing, the work to fight systemic racism. I know that there is still more that I need to do and need to learn, but for now let me say what many have said before, “I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand with the Black community.”