HOW TO ACTIVELY BE ANTI-RACIST
We wish we didn’t have to type this but, racism is not a new concept. It’s not something that has just affected that has popped up since the brutal killing of George Floyd by a police-man. Ahmaud Arbery is not the poster boy for this campaign. Racism has been a part of our society for centuries and it is ingrained in our government systems, and in ourselves.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
In 2020, it’s not enough to be ‘not sure’ about racism, we need to be ANTI-RACIST. We know it’s easy to feel powerless to the news at the moment, or that it’s difficult to know how you as an individual can make change when racism is such a systematic problem.
We believe that a million voices together are louder than one single voice, so we wanted to bring together some of the key information we’ve found out there, to give you a valuable resource of how to you can support real change. We are by no means perfect, and we will make mistakes, but we are stronger together. The time to speak up is now!
HOW TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT ANTI-RACISM AND THE #BLACKLIVESMATTER CAMPAIGN:
The first step is to take it upon yourself to get informed. Do your research and learn as much as you can about racism and racial discrimination.
The world is constantly changing and we need to keep informed about what is happening in the world, and what has happened in history. We know there is a lot of information out there but ignoring it is ignorance. Whether you prefer to read, watch or listen there are some important resources you should engage with.
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
- They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
- Inglorious Empire: What The British Did To India by Shashi Tharoor
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means To Be Black, Asian, And Minority Ethnic In Britain Today, edited by Nikesh Shukla
- Barracoon: The Story Of The Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston
- Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
- How To Be Anti-Rasict by Ibram X. Kendi
- Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
- 13th (Netflix)
- The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Amazon)
- First Australians: The Untold Story of Australia (SBS)
- Eyes on the Prize (Amazon)
- Democrats (Netflix)
- The Hard Stop (Netflix)
- Black Panther (Netflix)
- Roxanne Roxanne (Netflix)
- Mudbound (Netflix)
- Shine Brighter Together
- It’s Not a Race
- Racism Recovery Podcast
- Conversation with Nora Reid
Sign Petitions and Donate
Next, act on the information you have learnt by supporting organisations and not-for-profits who are fighting racism and racial discrimination.
By signing their petitions and donating to their causes you can help to make impact and create change for the lives of so many people. Don’t forget to share these petitions with your friends and family to spread the word.
Speak Up and Have The Hard Conversations
Speaking about what is currently happening in the world and encouraging others to do the same is the first step in making active change. This might be joining a community campaign, or attending a protest in your local town, or it might just be simply talking to your friends and family about current events.
We know sometimes conversations about discrimination and social injustice are not always the easiest conversations to have around the dinner table but this is so important in opening people’s eyes and spreading the word. Encourage others to educate themselves, acknowledge their own privileges and engage with difficult issues rather than staying silent out of fear.
Take it to the next level by engaging with the wider conversation and community. Get social and support influencers who are speaking up and creating sustainable change for the lives of Black and POC.
This is a great way to vocalise your support on a global level and keep up to date with all the information you need to know to stay informed. The following are all amazing people to follow who are already making a huge impact:
- Denisse Myrick @chasingdenisse
- Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle
- Johnetta Elzie @nettaaaaaaaa
- Charlene Carruthers @charlenecarruthers
- Adwoa Aboah @gurlstalk
- Monique Melton @moemotivate
Don’t Stop Until It Changes
In the next few weeks, the meme’s and the illustrations on social media will fizzle out, the news will move on to the next shocking story and #blacklivesmatter will stop trending on Twitter, but it’s our responsibility to keep the conversation going and keep fighting for racial discrimination and social injustice to stop. Stay educated, keep talking and never stop fighting for what is right.
- What are you doing to support anti-racism? Do you have anything to add or change in this post? We’d love to encourage you to join the conversation in the comments below.