If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out last week’s allyship resource round-up; it offers a lot of solid foundational information on how to start your journey towards being a good ally. (It is a journey, so get ready to put in the work.) This week we continue with important things to read and do in the fight for racial justice:
“We cannot peel off our skin and bask in the freedom of whiteness. However, you can fall into a slumber after your wokeness.”
For people who actively want to be support and be an ally right now, I have written a thread. pic.twitter.com/kTvDgXXO5L
— Mireille Cassandra Harper (@mireillecharper) May 29, 2020
For starters, Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallace put together an incredible lesson plan to help people become better allies to the Black community.
The End of Policing is still being offered for free as an eBook download via Verso, so if you don’t already own a copy, grab one and donate the cost if you can. Seriously powerful text that will help you understand why we need to defund the police, and what a world without them entirely could very realistically look like.
Also read Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s How Do We Change America? in The New Yorker. “The unfolding revolt in the U.S. today holds the real promise to change this country. While it reflects the history and failures of past endeavors to confront racism and police brutality, these protests cannot be reduced to them.”
We also covered some book lists last week, but here are eight more important recommendations from Keisha Blain, and an essential list from Dazed.
And if you’ve got children, here is a great kid-friendly anti-racism reading list from the NY Times.
“The introductory race readers, for their faults, at least court the kind of audience who feels lost at sea in this whole race thing, and readers can lily pad from one to another until they’re ready for the tougher stuff. But it is unfair to beg other literature and other authors, many of them dead, to do this sort of work for someone. If you want to read a novel, read a damn novel, like it’s a novel.” (Lauren Michele Jackson’s What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For? is also important to consider // thanks to @teachinggov on Twitter for pointing it out.)
— DC Public Library #StayHomeDC (@dcpl) June 4, 2020
There are also a wealth of films to watch to build your education; here are 10 that serve as a strong jumping off point, plus a few more from our film department.
And going beyond just films, DC’s Environmental Film Festival has put together a solid resource list that highlights the convergence of racial justice and environmental activism.
“Will the information conveyed within it actually provide your followers with ways to engage in anti-racist work right now? Will actions suggested in your posts, such as calling representatives or bailing out jailed protesters, have an impact on the systems that black activists are seeking to dismantle? A tangible impact should be the focus.” Wondering about what allyship means for your social media presence? Leslie Mac speaks to Mashable about this and more.
“So if you’re a person that wants to be an ally to the Black community, let’s begin here: Put down your phone.” Roxane Fequiere has some important words in What We Want: Allies Who Do More Than Instagram for Vogue.
We don’t need your words, we need your actions!
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) June 2, 2020
“Antiracism is about doing and not just knowing.” Activists told Vox how white people can be good allies right now and forever.
If you’re out there protesting to show your solidarity, make sure to bookmark Caitlin Caplinger’s working map of resources that highlights open lobbies, places to use the restroom, where to find charging stations, etc.
(We are also working to keep DC residents updated on protest information and developments in our Instagram stories.)
Surveillance is also a very real concern when protesting, so be smart. Here is a very good thread from Dazed that covers what to do and what not to do in order to keep yourself and others safe.
It’s Pride Month, and now more than ever is a good time to remember that Pride started as a riot. It’s also a crucial moment to recognize the harrowing statistics regarding violence against the Black trans community; here is a list of resources we put together about ways you can support and protect Black trans and queer lives in the DC area and beyond.
Here are a few powerful Black-Led LGBTQ+ organizations and initiatives that you should support during this time, throughout #PrideMonth, and beyond. Created by @pfpicardi. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/2j1J8LiKug
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) June 2, 2020
We should also be fighting for food and land justice for the Black community, and Civil Eats has put together a solid list of organizations to support.
Here is a fantastic list of Black-owned DMV restaurants to support right now, which is being updated regularly by Anela Malik.
Don’t eat meat? We’ve got you covered with six of our favorite DC-area vegetarian-friendly spots.
And if you drink, here are 20 Black-owned breweries, 60+ Black-owned spirits brands and 23 Black-owned wineries to support.
In terms of broader Black-owned businesses, Enica Barnes is a strong resource for DMV-area enterprises we should all be supporting; check out her directories on IG.
And while Bandcamp Friday (where the platform directs 100% of sales to the artists) already passed on June 5th, there’s another one coming on July 3rd, so mark your calendar. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with Black artists who use the platform via this working Google Doc; it’s got 1800+ people to check out. (You can obviously support these artists any day of the week, but it will be especially helpful to do it on July 3rd.)
open an account with a black-owned bank or credit union! slowly (or quickly) move all your dealings there. there are plenty. i now have an acct with carver federal in harlem. https://t.co/KmFagxNZ2p
— Corey Stokes (@coreystokesss) June 4, 2020