It’s rough out there right now, friends. We hope you’re taking care of yourselves and each other.
There is no neutral when it comes to racism, white supremacy, and violence against black people. Black Lives Matter. As Ibram X. Kendi wrote in The Atlantic: “There are only two choices: racist or anti-racist.”
And those of us with white privilege are responsible for doing the work to become actively anti-racist, to show up and stand with our black friends, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens. What are we doing in our own lives to listen, educate ourselves, speak up, donate, call in friends and family, protest, vote, organize?
If you don’t know where to start, here are a few actions you can join us in taking right now:
👉 Show up with an open heart and a willingness to learn. If you’re further along in your education and experience than others, give grace and space to those who are taking baby steps. No shaming or competing for who’s more woke; welcome everyone into social change work rather than discourage them from even trying. Be willing to have challenging and messy conversations as we all learn from each other and channel our collective energy into the work. Melia wrote about this here.
👉 Check out the anti-racism resources in this doc.
👉 Follow black writers, educators, activists, and creators, and black-led organizations (we link to a few in this Instagram post) . Amplify their voices and follow their lead when they have calls to action. Donate and support their work — and commit to doing your own.
Please share your resources and suggestions for action with us. And as Brené Brown says, “Stay awkward, brave, and kind.” ❤️