Hello and welcome to another episode of Life Stuff 101.
This episode is being released in early June, 2020.
We are still in the middle of a pandemic and our neighbours to the south, specifically the black folks of the United States and elsewhere, are mourning and grappling with yet another tragedy of a black man who was killed in the custody of four police officers in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25th.
As an Asian Canadian and someone committed to anti-racism, I do not think or claim to know the experiences of black folks or about the history of systemic racial injustice and violence in the US or here in Canada.
But I am committed to listening and learning.
I will be sharing some of the resources that I’ve been learning from with the hopes that they will help with listening and learning for you, too.
Racism is a really uncomfortable thing to think and talk about, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that being and staying comfortable doesn’t move any of us forward toward change.
With that said, what you might find in these resources themselves might be extremely uncomfortable.
But the more uncomfortable it is, it might be that that is where our attention is most needed.
There are many voices and activists who are creating art, videos, social media posts, podcasts, articles and those who have written and books.
Firstly, BlackLivesMatter.com is a resource to learn more about the history of the movement and ways to get involved.
There are many anti-racist Instagram accounts ,but I would like to highlight three in this post:
@SameFacesCollective also on Instagram has a post about How to Help the Movement If You Can’t Attend Any Protests which includes suggested readings, movies, and organizations to donate to including The Minnesota Freedom Fund, the BLM Fund and Black Trans Women Fund.
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There are so many ways to be an activist— you are never helpless!!! #blacklivesmatter 〰️ edit: the minnesota freedom fund has received over 2 million dollars in donations and are now encouraging that you donate to other organizations. 〰️ additionally, here are the links to the white house petitions: raise the degree: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/raise-degree-remove-bail-derek-chauvin-murderer-george-floyd arrest all four: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/justice-george-floyd-0
@AlyseRuriani is on Instagram as well. And she is an art therapist in training and her posts are creative, artistic and insightful. Two in particular I wanted to mention: One called Anti-racist Bingo Reading List Edition and Anti-racist Bingo Accountability Edition.
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UPDATE: @mnfreedomfund asked to redirect donations-I will now send to Chicago Community Bond Fund. Chicago has a long history of racism, incarceration, & violence against Black folx. The CCBC aims to abolish cash bail, but assists people in paying them in the meantime . I got an idea last night—after reading stuff about how we can donate time, talent, and skill—to make some anti-racism versions of my bingo illustration. This is the first: Anti-Racism Bingo; Reading List Edition. . Now, first things first: I want to clarify that even though it is “bingo,” there’s no “winning.” There’s no award for doing this—it’s work all white people should be doing. Instead I thought of the bingo as a way to keep track and hold yourself accountable to anti-racism. You could mark off each one you’ve read. Or, notice how many you haven’t read—if you’ve read any at all. You could mark the squares with read, next up, purchased… however you want to track it. You could get a group of people together and work through the bingo card together as a book club. Whatever ways you can think to use it to support your anti-racism work. Also note: zoom in to read the caveat about White Fragility. . This and each of the 4 upcoming anti-racism illustrations I will be posting on here are up on my website (LINK IN BIO) available for purchase as a digital download with 100% of the money going directly to organizations doing the work and Black people for reparations. Money will go to: @chibondfund, @blackvisionscollective, @reclaimtheblock, Therapy Fund for Black Women & Girls (@thelovelandfoundation), and directly to the PayPal of Black folx for reparations. *If you are Black and have a PayPal and want to be donated to, please DM me your info!* About once a week I will distribute the funds, and I will post in my stories receipts for transparency. 💵 I will also match $100 in donations. . . #antiracism #justiceforahmaud #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor #whitesupremacy #blacklivesmatter #antiracist #policebrutality #nojusticenopeace #socialjustice #allyship #reparations #whiteprivilege #meandwhitesupremacy
Erica Buddington on Twitter posted a detailed thread of the history of racial violence and oppression in the United States starting from the Cincinnati Riots in 1829:
This #thread is for those of you struggling to comprehend that the recent murders are just a fraction of racial violence in the United States. We are protesting for #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor, #AhmaudArbery AND hundreds of years of oppression.
Let's begin your history lesson. pic.twitter.com/BiO7EbCbLo
— Erica B. (@ericabuddington) May 30, 2020
Business coach and podcast host, Rachel Rodgers at HelloSeven.co recently went live on Facebook to speak to the dangers of the “good white liberal response” and importance of understanding the role of an ally, in this case in regards to a well-known online entrepreneurial personality, Marie Forleo.
Let’s talk about Marie Forleo and the good white liberal response.
Posted by Rachel Rodgers on Saturday, May 30, 2020
Trevor Noah posted a video speaking to the connection between racism, coronavirus, Amy Cooper, George Floyd and the city of Minneapolis. He also discusses the idea of society existing because of a social contract and what it means when the social contract isn’t equal for everyone in the same society.
● Her Modern Life on Instagram
● Same Faces Collective on Instagram
● Alyse Ruriani on Instagram
● Erica Buddington’s thread on Twitter
● Rachel Rodgers on the dangers of the “good white liberal response” and the need for allies to do better on Facebook
● Trevor Noah on Racism, Amy Cooper and George Floyd on YouTube
● Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar op-ed for the LA Times
● Anti-Racist Resources for White People
● Rachel Rickett’s list of anti-racism resources
● List of black-owned bookstores in the United States
● List of black-owned businesses
● Online destination for hand-picked, curated children’s toys, games, books, and gifts that diversity of the African diaspora
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