Welcome back to another installment of the monthly, allyship check-in!
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.
Since articles are my main focus when it comes to learning and sharing, I tried to back it up by broader categories, to make reading a little easier. Let me know if you like this change!
- Report: Funding Gaps for HBCUs by Sara Weissman for Inside Higher ED
- More than 20 HBCUs using federal CARES Act funding to erase students’ debt by Mia Berry for The Undefeated
- Why white students are 250% more likely to graduate than Black students at public universities by Olivia Sanchez and Meredith Kolodner for The Hechinger Report
- Work Culture
- 10 Things Your Work Culture Needs to get Right by Donald and Charles Sull for MIT Sloan Management Review
- (Re)commit to Social Change by Andrew Lee for Anti-Racist Daily
- Entertainment Industry
- Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout by Zoe Schiffer for The Verge
- Indigenous Rights
- Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day? by Leila Fadel for NPR
- Stop Asian Hate
- What Is Orientalism? A Stereotyped, Colonialist Vision of Asian Cultures by Namrata Verghese for Teen Vogue
- Stand with Muslims
- Over Two-Thirds Of Muslim Americans Have Faced Islamophobia, New Survey Finds by Rowaida Abdelaziz for Huffington Post
- Women’s Rights
- Day of the Girl is critical, but support is needed year-round, say campaigners by Georgina Quach for The Guardian
Videos, Podcasts and Media
Again, I didn’t do the best at finding multimedia to include. This is definitely an area where I’d like to improve upon!
- Watch this video to learn more about Gladys Bentley: Gender-Bending Performer and Musician
Make a difference
- Demand NYC Police Foundation disclose their contributions to the NYPD.
- Write to advocate for addressing systemic problems with college tuition and student debt
- Sign in opposition of Line 3
- Fight against the monopolization of healthcare, businesses and more.
- Tell Biden to end Title 42 and admit Haitian Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the U.S.
- Sign to stop AT&T from funding the OAN
Practice antiracism to make an impact
- On November 10th, people pledged to log out of Facebook in protest of their practices. What can you do to make a bigger impact?
- Support Black reproductive health by supporting organizations like SisterLove and EndoBlack.
- BIPOC Writers: apply for We Need Diverse Books mentorship! Allies, donate to help support WNDB’s mission.
- Explore the #BeyondtheHashtag events, in support of the four year anniversary of the #metoo movement
- Support Black film by supporting groups like The Black Film Alliance and The National Black Movie Association
- Fight for prison abolition by supporting groups like the Prison Abolition Initiative and the Latino Development Organization
- Support this Black owned small business, XOXO, Sierra
- Read and share this report, Anti-Monopoly Activism: Reclaiming Power through Racial Justice by Jeremie Greer and Solana Rice.
Support financially, if able
- Contribute financially to help support Beauty Strike’s Community Fridge
- Read more about the Community Fridge and how it came to be.
- Donate to Seeding Sovereignty, an Indigenous group fighting against colonization through healing
- Support Red Canary Song, an organization that fights against Asian hate
- Become a Patreon for ARD: The Anti-Racism Daily newsletter
- Support Pride in the Pews, a “a grassroots nationwide campaign aimed at celebrating stories of resilient queer faith in the Black Church”
I hope you all find some new books to help engage even further in antiracism–not to mention a wonderful selection of books to read for fun that support BIPOC authors!
- Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom by Derecka Purnell
- Orientalism by Edward Said
- The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
- Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
- The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
- Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
- Land of Sand and Song by Joyce Chua
- The Keeper of the Night by Kylie Lee Baker
- Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett
My allyship check-in series always gets the least amount of views. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s quite different from my usual “content” or if there are other reasons. So, I truly mean this when I say thank you for reading this post. Thank you for engaging. I hope you not only learned something new, but found new BIPOC to support, new causes to learn about, and new commitments to value and uphold. I look forward to sharing more resources next month!
Davida Chazan says
Yes, my discussion posts also don’t get as much traffic as my reviews… no matter. You keep doing these. They’re really good and informative.
That’s so surprising, I always felt discussion posts were great for traffic! *shrugs* Who knows, honestly. But thank you, Davida!!
M.A. Crosbie says
Thank you for doing these posts, honestly, they are so comprehensive and I always learn so much!!
Thank YOU for reading and engaging with them!
These are one of my favorite posts that you do, so I’m gutted that they get the least views! 🙁 Thank you for continuing to share, Nicole, and doing the work despite everything YOU are going through. You’d have so many reasons to step back from this right now, and I love, love, love that you still make it a priority. <3
Thank you so much, Amber. <3 I am so glad these posts are so helpful for you!!!