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:
“On July 7, 2020, #BlackoutDay2020 aims to unite Black people in economic solidarity through a campaign encouraging participants to support Black-owned businesses exclusively.” Here’s everything you need to know via Complex.
— The Blackout Coalition #BLACKOUTDAY2020 (@TheBlckoutCo) June 23, 2020
(Here’s a reminder of all the Black-owned eateries open right now in the DMV area // bookmark Feed The Malik!)
“We won’t settle for empty gestures, and we certainly won’t forget the violence we’ve experienced — how could we? Especially when the violence hasn’t ever stopped.” Serena Sonoma writes about empty LGBTQ+ allyship gestures from the police for Teen Vogue.
Just because June is over doesn’t mean the fight for Black trans lives is; here’s our guide to improving your year-round (lifelong) allyship.
“I’m seeing actions performed in the name of allyship that are at best unhelpful and at worst actively harmful to the very people they are meant to support. Here are the five most common traps I see, and some suggestions for what you can do instead.” Important read from Holiday Phillips via Forge.
Bandcamp Friday has come and gone (for now // we’ll let you know if any new dates are announced), but if you haven’t already, a reminder to bookmark this ever-growing list of 2300+ Black artists, producers and labels using the Bandcamp platform to support year-round.
“Being an ally is an open-ended responsibility. This means learning how to continue our allyship while taking care of ourselves and our loved ones throughout various life circumstances (such as global pandemics).” Some good, actionable tips from Jera Brown.
“It’s not even in the big moments, it’s in the quiet moments where racism and unconscious bias lies and thrives,” she explained. “It makes it confusing for a lot of people to understand the role that they play in that, either passively or actively.” Meghan Markle discussed examining complicity via a virtual Queen’s Commonwealth Trust discussion.
“We’ve migrated into a time in which it is more important for people to feel not-racist than it is for them to act not-racist.” Shayla Lawson writes “Your White Neighbor’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ Yard Sign Is Not Enough” for In These Times.
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]
Featured photo by Clay Banks