Ways to Help Right Now
Igrew up in the midwest of Canada. I had great schools, amazing parents and a great education.
I also grew up never knowing that we had horrific secrets in our past called Residential schools, that slavery had, in fact, existed in Canada, and that we even had internment camps during the second world war.
When I first began to gain awareness of what was going on I was horrified. But anyone can be horrified by the truth and never help to change things by recognizing the power of their choices.
Remorse and sadness are normal reactions to injustice. But they won't create change. The only way change happens is when we decide that we are part of the solution.
Right now, for very personal reasons with global impact, the call is to live the truth that Black Lives Matter.
Do you feel overwhelmed right now by how to even begin to help or feel like you are useful? Perhaps you are even intimidated and scared to do the wrong thing.
I am convinced that now is not the time in our collective history to simply process how we feel. It's an opportunity to take action.
If you are like many of us and want to raise your voice in support of Black Lives Matter and help to fight systemic racism, we want to provide you with a few tangible ways to start. It won't be comfortable, but it is an opportunity to be part of what love can look like in our world.
Our lives and communities thrive when we seek diversity of voice and colour in our world and what we bring to it. It's not easy to own our responsibility, but it's the only way we can move forward.
As allies for BIPOC brothers and sisters around the world, we now get to do the work of truly building an inclusive world. It's not anyone else's job to tell us what to do. It's our opportunity to learn how to be on the right side of history.
The following articles and resources are what I have found extremely helpful as I develop my own ability to be an ally with those who are black, indigenous, and people of colour. They are a starting point to help you counter your own fear of not getting it right or of being at a loss of where to start. I have kept it simple so that it can serve you as a starting place if you are looking.
And if you have ideas to add, I am listening.
Articles with Instant Action Steps
75 Things White People Can do For Racial Justice
Ally Resources for Supporters of Black Lives Matter
Three Books for Adults - a Warm Up List
Why I am no Longer Talking to White People About Race
By Reni Eddo -Lodge
The title of this book is lifted from Eddo-Lodge’s own viral blog post from 2014, in which she famously declared that she had had enough of trying to reason with white people who were “living a life oblivious to the fact that their skin colour is the norm and all others deviate from it.
How to be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
In this book, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism.
When They Call You a Terrorist
by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
The title reflects the fact that Black Lives Matter has been condemned by some as a terrorist organisation and picks apart exactly why that couldn't be further from the truth.
Books for Not-Yet Adults - An Intro List
By Ibram X. Kendi
Newly released but highly recommended by friends.
By Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
A great book for young adults to understand the origin of racist ideas.
The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
My young teenage daughter loved this book.
Three Podcasts that are helping me learn where to start right now:
Scene on Radio is a great podcast focused on human experience and making you uncomfortable with historical truth.
Season 2 is called "Seeing White" and it will give you insights into a whole new side of what is happening right now.
1619 is an audio series on how slavery has transformed America and our world.
Created by the New York Times, this is helping me understand how generational pain needs to be faced and reconciled. It is truly amazing and powerful storytelling.
On Being with Krista Tippett is always a great choice.
But, in these times, I highly recommend episode # 843 iwith Resmaa Menakem: "Notice the Rage;Notice the Silence".
Wondering how to put your money where your intentions are?
You are a brilliant, compassionate human filled with good intentions. Find something that's close to your heart in our journey to a future where black lives truly matter.
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