Culture

How to Help, Listen, and Learn About Anti-Racism

| 06/04/2020

This is an undeniably pivotal moment in America. Protesters in all 50 states are confronting systemic racism and police violence toward Black people in large numbers, and demanding change. Amplifying Black voices on social media is the bare minimum, but there are many other ways to show up for your larger community; sustain your support; and deepen your knowledge and understanding of how racist systems work. If you’re white, new to activism, or want to be more fully committed to fighting racism, here are some short-term and long-term resources that can help.

What To Do Now

Donate

Give to Bail Funds and Service Orgs

The most urgent need is to keep protesters out of jail and provide basic needs to them on the ground. Be sure to check before you donate; some bail funds—like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the Brooklyn Bail Fund, the Northstar Health Collective, and Free Them All for Public Health—are being inundated with donations and are directing donors elsewhere.

National Bail Fund Network

Emergency Release Fund (posts bail for vulnerable and LGBTQ folks)

Los Angeles Bail Fund

Chicago Bail Fund

New Orleans Bail Fund

Here’s a list of bail funds across the country

Also, give to your local, grassroots neighborhood relief effort or mutual aid organization. Three in New York (where Dame is based): Bed Stuy Strong, Crown Heights Mutual Aid, and NYC Black Mutual Aid

Give to Anti-Racist and Anti-Police Violence Orgs

Dame has committed to giving to eight organizations that combat oppression in the intersection of race and sexuality, but there are many, many groups that do this work. If you’re able, a recurring donation goes further than a one-time gift, both materially and symbolically.

Equal Justice Initiative

NAACP

Communities United For Police Reform

Fair Fight (against voter suppression)

Showing Up For Racial Justice

Black Visions Collective Minnesota 

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Protest

If you’re able to, being there physically at a protest is a visible, tangible way to show solidarity. This document has a lot of useful resources for protesters. Instagram accounts like @justiceforgeorgenyc are centralizing protest schedules. Goodcall NYC provides free legal counsel in the event of an arrest. And remember: COVID-19 has been disproportionately affecting Black communities, so be sure to wear PPE and practice social-distancing as best you can in large crowds.

Follow

A good gateway into educating yourself about these issues is to follow and amplify people and organizations who are doing this work. These are just a few we came up with (plus a few from Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein’s excellent resource doc):

What to Do Always

This moment feels justifiably urgent, but anti-racist work takes a lifetime. It means delving into painful, uncomfortable, shameful corners of our minds and hearts—confronting displeasure to create more pleasure. Here are some resources that can deepen this process beyond spikes of societal upheaval.

Read

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Sex, Race and Class by Selma James

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa

When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by asha bandele and Patrisse Cullors

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom

We Live For the “We” by Dani McClain

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown

Watch

13th

American Son

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

Fruitvale Station

Selma

I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary) 

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Hate U Give

The Force

Listen

About Race

Justice in America

1619 by The New York Times

Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw

NPR’s Code Switch

Bitter Brown Femmes

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