Here is the latest allyship check-in post, with a round up of resources, reads and responses to help you stay engaged in the lifelong work of dismantling white supremacy and living more anti-racist lives.
I started this “series” of blog posts in 2020 to share more resources to help with each of our own anti-racist journeys. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that many of the resources I’m linking down below come from the hard work of those on the Anti-Racist Daily team, to which I subscribe for daily email updates. Many of the readings, actions and donation links come from what I learn from their articles. As such, I have become a monthly Patreon donor, because you need to pay BIPOC people for the work they do in helping dismantle racism, not just take what you can for free. I hope you consider subscribing and supporting them, too, especially if you are a white reader.
Like I mentioned before, while a lot of these resources are tied and focused to the Black Lives Matter movement, I have started to incorporate other resources about more global events, as well.
Please keep the comments kind and constructive–though, please never hesitate to call me out if I’ve misstepped, if you are comfortable doing that emotional labor you shouldn’t have to do in the first place. I appreciate your assistance in helping me learn and continue to grow into the actual ally I want to be.
Last caveat: I listed a bunch of resources, because I hope you will click on the links and listen to the BIPOC voices who are speaking up, instead of hearing my take. I’m using this as a space to amplify their voices–not add my own commentary to the mix.
- Rethink the Founding Fathers by Andrew Lee for Anti-Racism Daily
- In relation: look at Black, Indigenous and Immigrant perspectives on celebrating the 4th of July
- There is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi for The Atlantic
- The Panic over Critical Race Theory is an Attempt to Whitewash American History by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw for The Washington Post
- Disabled People Have Worked From Home for Years. Why Did It Take a Pandemic for Everyone Else to Start? by Alaina Leary and Kelly Dawson for Refinery29
- How To Ensure Your Company’s Anti-Racism Work Is Effective, Not Performative by Bianca Barrett for Forbes
- I’m a Frito-Lay Factory Worker. I Work 12-Hour Days, 7 Days a Week by Lauren Kaori Gurley for Vice
- As Jeff Bezos Is Heading Into Space, The Teamsters Are Attempting To Unionize Amazon Warehouse Workers by Jack Kelly for Forbes
- Ableism is a Racial Justice Issue by K.A. for Community Voices blog
Videos and Podcasts
- Reparations 101: A Teach-In, hosted by M4BL
- The Hate-Crime Conundrum, hosted by WNYC Studios
Petitions to Sign
- Demand that college athletes are paid for their performance and labor.
- Sign to end Title 42, a policy that separates families while waiting for decisions on asylum.
- As you watch the Olympics, fight back against the IOC Rule 50 denying athletes the right to protest. Likewise, support Black women athletes.
- Call for a National Day of Mourning for the Lost Children of Resident Schools
- Let Congress know you support the People’s Reponses Act
- Demand Facebook enact the full recommendations suggested after their civil rights audit
- Fight for Justice for Emmett Till.
- Call your senators to accept accountability and demand change for the US’s support of Palestine being ethnically cleansed by Israel
- Explore the racism in the publishing industry, based off survey results led by People of Color in Publishing and Latinx in Publishing.
Places to Donate
- Master List of over 147 places to donate: I’m going to continue always sharing this link, so that you (and myself) always have this master list to reference. However, I’m going to try and highlight a few different places each month, as well as other other locations I’ve found that aren’t on this list.
- She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
- What Are Your Words: A Book about Pronouns by Katherine Locke
Don’t forget to look not just at the problems at your home, but the problems around the world. Below is list of resources that is a great place to start for many different issues:
Black Lives Matter
Stop Asian Hate
Speak Up for The Uyghurs
I just wanted to say thank you for doing this series. As a person of color, it’s so incredibly wonderful to see someone supporting the community and using their voice to do something good. Thank you so much for linking to all the resources you come across for all of us to learn from, use, and support.
Thank you so much for this comment, Kat. It SERIOUSLY made my day! I am so glad you love this series and it has been helpful–that is exactly my hope!!