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Reflecting On This Weekend: How To Be An Ally

Reflecting On This Weekend: How To Be An Ally

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

 

A post shared by Danielle Henderson (@daniellehenderson) on

 

WHERE TO DONATE

I have donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the George Floyd Memorial Fund

 

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

 

Campaign Zeo

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

Ijeoma Oluo

 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration 

Michelle Alexander

 

How To Be Anti-Racist

Ibram X. Kendi

 

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

Robin DiAngelo, PhD

 

Heavy: An American Memoir

Kiese Laymon

 

**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 

 

When God Made You

Matthew Paul Turner

 

Sule

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

13th: Watch on Netflix

Ava Duvernay

 

American Son: Watch on Netflix

Kenny Leon

 

Selma: Watch on Amazon

Ava Duvernay

 

If Beale Street Could Talk: Watch on Youtube

Barry Jenkins

 

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. 

 

 

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  • 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.

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