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If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out our first 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.) Additionally, here’s last week’s round-up. This week we continue with important things to read and do in the fight for racial justice:

Merriam-Webster defines ally as “one that is associated with another as a helper: a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity, or struggle.” No wonder why Black professionals bristled at the term, especially when they concluded that “racism was not created by Black people, and we can’t fix it.” Therefore, help, assistance, and support are insufficient to eradicate “400 years of being traumatized and terrorized” by systemic racism. Kristin Harper writes “Black Professionals Want Advocates, Not Allies. It’s on You to Learn the Difference” for SWAAY.

The interesting thing is that an organization has absolutely zero right to get into people’s minds and dictate what they think, and believe, and feel. On the other hand, we can tell people what is expected in our inclusive workplace. So we can as employers dictate behaviors. That’s a very subtle distinction but a really important one. People ask us to help “remove the bias” from employees. Well, you can’t do that. But you can identify biased-based behaviors and make it clear that these behaviors will not be tolerated.” Forbes interviewed Tiffany Jana about navigating antiracism in the workplace.

Coming across a video that depicts violence against Black people on social media can be severely harmful to mental health, emphasizes Alifee Breland-Noble, PhD, a psychologist, author, and founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project. Refinery29 emphasizes that sharing images and videos of police brutality isn’t allyship, it’s traumatizing.

“I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story. Maybe they’ll, like, Google it or something,” Osaka said. “For me, (it’s about) just spreading awareness. I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.” Naomi Osaka has been doing a fantastic job of using her voice at the US Open.

“When I look at our board, it represents our community, but it does not look like our community,” Filteau says. It’s not that she’s accusing the board of racism; it’s simply that all current members are white, and as a white woman, she says, “I can’t understand what it is to be Black, or a person of colour.” So she stepped down, encouraging persons of colour and racialized residents to apply for the vacant position. A story out of Canada that demonstrates what antiracist action can look like.

“Each week we’ll explore how racism has shaped every facet of our lives and who we might become if we finally address this country’s racist history.” Ben & Jerry’s is launching an antiracism podcast.

Black vegans and animal rights activists are calling on their white counterparts to embrace intersectionality and create long-term, structural change. Civil Eats asks, “Is the Vegan Movement Ready to Reckon with Racism?

“When kids come to school, we have the opportunity to create a culture of school that may be different than their home culture, and really be able to expand their racial beings as antiracist,” she said. “We have the capacity to create antiracist kids at school, whether they live in an antiracist home or not. And we don’t have that ability remotely. And so we’re working as a start to find out how to do that.” PBS takes a look at how some educators are trying to teach antiracism with the added challenge of online learning.

“There was a hashtag that was ‘decolonize your bookshelf,’ and people wanted to do the same thing for their kids,” Asamoa-Caesar said. USA Today covers ways in which little libraries, literary subscription boxes and more are getting on board with the #DecolonizeYourBookshelf movement.

Need books to add to your collection? Here are five new ones from Black womxn authors.

Thank you – please stay safe, mobilized and vigilant out there.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, which is why we’ll be continuing to update on a weekly basis. If you have suggestions, or experiences you’d want to share – we have this platform, and would like to offer it up to you – please feel free to get in touch anytime by emailing [email protected]

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