It’s a new month and a new week! I wanted to share this list for June on how to be an ally, help give back, and get educated on the facts.
It was a heavy weekend – I am sad and angry. I know it feels like everything is going wrong at the moment – between coronavirus, economy shut down, and now the 2020 protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
I am not going to pretend things are ok, because they are not. I shared how I felt about the protest this weekend on my twitter and with this IG post.
I originally had a Summer Trend post for today – but I just couldn’t do it. It felt wrong after everything I was seeing from the protest.
So let’s focus on supporting the black community and people of color. Let’s step up for them. Here’s a list of great organizations and resources that are helping on the front lines.
June Goal: This month makes it a goal to help support and give back to black-owned restaurants and businesses.
BLOG UPDATE: June 1st-7th
I will be taking a break this week from the blog to educate myself about the racial injustices facing the black community. ♥ Please take the time and do the same!
I will be updating this post with NEW resources as I find them! During this week I recommend following and engaging with black content creators, authors, and activists!
If you can – please donate to the recommended organizations below:
Black Female Activist and Content Creators Accounts to follow:
Rachel Cargle – @rachel.cargle
Brittany Packnett Cunningham – @mspackyetti
Ijeoma Oluo – @ijeomaoluo
Myisha T. Hill – @ckyourprivilege
Layla F. Saad – @laylafsaad
Elaine Welteroth – @elainewelteroth
Danielle Prescod – @danielleprescod
Taylor Nolan – @taymocha
Monique Melton – @moemotivates
Danielle Henderson – @daniellehenderson
*Listen to this moving Interview about Reverse Racism from Taylor Nolan and Robin DiAngelo: HERE (key part starts at :40)
WATCH THIS VIDEO BY Danielle Henderson
View this post on Instagram
WHERE TO DONATE
I have donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the George Floyd Memorial Fund
Officially GoFundMe To Support the Floyd Family
Minnesota Freedom Fund | Brooklyn Bail Fund | NW Community Bail Fund | Black Lives Matter | NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Bail Support for protesters & Sign the petition + other ways to help support #BLM
Online Platform to utilizing research-based solutions to end police brutality in America
𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 O𝐮𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬:
Sign this petition from ColorofChange.org on behalf of George Floyd to 1) block the officers from receiving their pensions and 2) ban them from ever becoming police officers again. And County Attorney Freeman must immediately charge the officers with murder: SIGN HERE!
What To Read
I have gotten quite a few requests for resources or materials around educating yourself on these issues. These books and movies are a great place to start!
So You Want To Talk About Race
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration
Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo, PhD
**UPDATE: Quite a few of the books listed above have sold-out. Try this resource: 75 things that white people can do for racial justice: HERE
Books To Read With Your Kids
These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protests to Your Kids
The conversation about race needs to start early and keep happening.
Please see this New York Times Article
Matthew Paul Turner
Lupita Nyong’o (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street)
Bobbi Kates(Author), Joe Mathieu(Illustrator)
One Big Heart: A Celebration of Being More Alike than Different
Linsey Davis (Author), Lucy Fleming (Illustrator)
How to Be an Ally: What To Watch
American Son: Watch on Netflix
If Beale Street Could Talk: Watch on Youtube
The Hate U Give: Watch on Youtube
George Tilman Jr.
I know things seem really dark right now but we will get through this. I think we can all agree we can do better and we can do better together! Let’s get aware, educated, and move the conversation to impactful action!
♥ Take Action: Register to Vote Here!
Remember, “Folks are like plants; we all lean towards the light.” — Kris Carr
Stay positive, patient, and persistent.
*PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH A WHITE FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER*
Thank you so much for sharing this! Thank you for using your voice and I hope that in great group effort we can all really make a huge change on what is going on in this world. You are not alone in feeling tired and angry from the events of recent. We are all in this together❤️ I shall be sharing this on with family and friends.
Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment Maya! I hope these resources help!
Stay safe and healthy