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:
Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations are still happening, even if media fatigue might lead you to believe otherwise. If you’re in DC, bookmark this toolkit (it is frequently updated with details about scheduled protests in the DMV area) and follow Freedom Fighters DC.
If you’re having trouble staying on task, a teenager made an anti-racism calendar to help keep good practices up on the daily via manageable, bite-size chunks.
“Truly learning, rather than cramming, requires a deep, continuous commitment to studying every day (without a test to mark an endpoint) to be able to translate those lessons to long-term memory.” Again, it’s a lifelong commitment, everybody.
“You learned yesterday what white privilege means? Great! Welcome to 1962. This, however, doesn’t mean I need to engage you about it today. Or tomorrow. Or ever.” Damon Young writes “Yeah, Let’s Not Talk About Race” for The New York Times.
(You can also listen to a conversation with him over on WGLT.)
“YR Media and Latino USA bring you a discussion with four young adults from different racial backgrounds to discuss what it means to be an effective ally in the fight to end anti-Blackness, the role young people are playing in this new wave of activism, and the importance of “unlearning” long-held perspectives rooted in our communities.” Give Allyship and #BlackLivesMatter: A Conversation Across Cultures a listen over on NPR.
Attention gamers – Visual Novel Romance Collection for Black Trans Lives on itch.io is giving users the opportunity to check out an assortment of 14 video games through the end of July; all proceeds from the $10 bundle will go to The Okra Project, which lifts up Black trans people experiencing food insecurity.
“Athletic personnel must share a similar passion and interest in the fight for racial justice, as they do for the recruitment of elite Black athletes.” Demand better of the NCAA.
“The Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily.” If you’re a beer drinker, definitely support this project.
“Rather than talking about how you’ve seen sexism or racism play out, let those who are most affected share their stories. You can be their access point. You can be their megaphone. You can create opportunities for them.” A piece from The Good Men Project about the importance of intersectionality; it’s geared specifically towards men, but there are some great universal points to consider.
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