Interesting Finds

A collection of quick reads/tips/sources on interesting concepts within racial equity. 

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If you are keeping up with the on-going elections, you've probably noticed that these are make or break moments for the US. Getting involved with your local government can be very beneficial when looking to make a long term impact to your community. Check out these examples on how to get involved.

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Know your public leaders and attend a city council meeting. (Invite a friend, too!)

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Get involved with grassroot organizations that support causes aligned with your values

3.

Get bold and call your local legislators! Not into that? Right an email instead.

4.

Know your upcoming elections and how to vote!

Get active with local government

 

What does it mean to Defund the Police? Why can't it be called it something different?

The concept of Defunding the police gained popularity in light of George Floyd's murder in May 2020. Similar to BLM, this phrase raised questions and eyebrows towards the objective and morality.  

Check out this beautifully articulated summary of what "Defunding the Police" really means by activist, Ty Hobson-Powell.

Defund the police

 

Systemic racism requires both reactive and proactive efforts in order to achieve reform. The USA has typically been reactive to scenarios that highlight bias towards Black people and POC. The death of George Floyd has reignited the conversation around the value of anti-racism and why it's not enough to just not be racist.

Check out this really awesome video from AbovetheNoise on the concept of racism vs anti-racism for more context.  

Need more? There's a Ted Talk, too!

Antiracism

vs Racism

 
 

Checking in on your network

There are many ways to show up as an ally. A simple one is by simply checking in on your network but that may be a little intimidating if you're unsure of how to go about it. Here are some tips on showing support to your black/minority friends/coworkers. 

How are you?

In most scenarios, this question is harmless. However, try avoid asking this question because it can create an obligation to respond and add voice to potential private emotional conflict. 

Try simply extending your support and an optional invitation to chat

How can I help?

Self motivated research is always encouraged when looking to find ways to lean in. Avoid transferring the responsibility of learning to a marginalized person.

Looking to help? Take time to research and find some local racial equity organizations to get involved with. 

I am sorry

Though sympathy can be appreciated, it's important to ensure that its usage is not oversaturated with comparison of hardships (the Oppression Olympics), which is highlighted in Dr. Robin Deangelo's book, "White Fragility".

Share your apologies but remain conscious of the potential refocus of the topic

Protip

The subject of racism is layered and uncomfortable. When looking to check in with your network, remember to make the conversation optional and to focus on extending your support!

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