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Anti-Racism Resource Guide

Posted on Jun. 10, 2020  /  

Curated by: William Sandiford, Designer at Barkley

I realize that a lot of folks want to help but that some might not know how. So, I've gathered some resources below on activism and just further education each with a short description. And before you dive into these resources there's something I'd like to share. 

Racism is insidious and the only way it will ever end is if we actively educate ourselves AND take action. Both are necessary. Racism acts like a moving-walkway, like what you might stand on at an airport to get from point A to point B. Let's call point A equity and inclusion; and point B is exclusion and aparteid. 

If we are silent or inactive, we move further away from our goal of equity and uphold the status quo. If we speak up and act, but only when it's convenient, we still will never reach our goal of equity. It is only when we actively call out racism with urgency on a daily and consistent basis, even when it's uncomfortable and inconvenient, that we will truly reach our goal of creating a more inclusive world. 

I hope with this guide you all will sprint backwards on the moving-walkway. Enjoy!

 

R E A D I N G

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Things You Can Do *Right Now* for Racial Justice

This is a great article if you are eager to help and need an actionable list of exactly how to help. 

 

The Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.

Police brutality is not a new concept for black citizens. Understand how the violent relationship of black people and the police has not declined, the only difference is it's now being recorded. 

 

White Fragility

This article explores how white fragility prevents white people from confronting and talking about racism.

 

Protester's Rights

Before you go out to protest, make sure you know your rights. The ACLU has compiled a simple guide. 

 

The Racist Roots of Denying Incarcerated People the Right to Vote

This article discusses the origins and purpose of disenfranchising black Americans through mass incarceration and removing their right to vote.

 

The State is Failing Black People

This article explains how the numerous intersections of justice within the state continue to fail black Americans.

 

Understanding Anti-Blackness

Slavery ended centuries ago yet many white Americans still struggle to see the humanity is black people. This ideology feeds into why the law and those who harm us are never held accountable.

 

How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize Black People

The abundance of these videos instills the notion that black lives are limited, cheap and expendable. 

 

Decolonizing American History

The way the history is currently taught in America downplays slavery's impact on the nation while divorcing slavery from the ideology of white supremacy. 

 

Emmett Till's Death Inspired a Movement

A story fabricated by a white woman lead to the murder and mutilation of a 14 year old black boy. This tragedy became the catalyst to the civil rights movement in America. 

 

V I D E O S

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How Can We Win (6:46)

This video does a great job breaking down the urgency and frustration that many black people feel on the path to equality. It's hard to empathize with those emotions if you don't know the context that is black history. 

 

Black Lives Matter Myths Debunked (4:09)

This is a video from Decoded hosted by Franchesca Ramsey. She has great videos on her channel that are concise and informative. I would recommend everyone check out her channel to see all the topics she talks about.

 

History of How Black Lives Have Never Mattered in America (1:00:03)

Tim Wise discusses American history with an afrocentric lens. He exposes all the things your history teachers failed to address. 

 

Arrival Day (5:02)

Poet Eve Ewing performs a poem on black joy, suffering and celebration.  

 

The Racial Politics of Time (12:29)

Brittney Cooper gives a TED Talk analyzing the clash of race and time and how the defining feature of being black is the inescapable robbery of time.

 

The White Selective Memory of History (1:19:05)

Tim Wise discusses how white American's lack of a holistic and accurate history continues to perpetuate racism.

 

How to Raise a Black Son in America (5:12)

This is a TED Talk by Clint Smith. I think it speaks volumes to how many black people live in a constant state of hyper-visibility and unrest because of how the world around us perceives us.  

 

We Need to Talk About an Injustice (23:33)

Bryan Stevenson gives a TED Talk on the disconnect between American history and the suffering and reconciliation of black people. 

 

Privilege and the Harms of Inequality (2:20:52)

Tim Wise breaks down white privilege and how that privilege seeps into disparities of wealth, education, policing, and legislation. 

 

Colored Blindness Will Not End Racism (5:36)

Franchesca Ramsey discusses how ignoring race does not eliminate systemic racism despite race being a social construct. 

 

The Danger of a Single Story (18:43)

Chimamanda Adichie gives a TED Talk on how stereotypes can silo our perception of others while eliminating any possibility of connection.

 

The Root of Racial Injustice (19:37)

Megan Ming Francis gives a TED Talk on how America has the wrong diagnosis and cure to end systemic racism.

 

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time (16:51)

Baratunde Thurston explains the phenomenon of white Americans calling the cops on black Americans for simply living while black.

 

R E L E V A N T    P O S T S

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Ally Resource Guide

Want to be an ally but don't know how? Here's a guide just for you.

 

Protesting vs. Property 

Brittany Packnett Cunningham speaks on "rioting" and the systemic roots of the protests.

 

The 4 Stages of Becoming Antiracist

An introspective guide on how to better equip yourself to engage with topics of race and take action. 

 

8 Can't Wait

The 8 tactics police forces can use to reduce unnecessary police violence.

 

The Complex System of Racism

A quote on the many manifestations of racism and how white america can combat them. 

 

Eliminating Conflict Avoidant Skills

You can not be both anti-racist and fully conflict avoidant. This short guide teaches how to intentionally practice conflict skills to combat racism. 

 

P O D C A S T S

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A Decade of Watching Black People Die

Code Switch discusses a decade of recorded murders of innocent black people and questions what it will take to finally receive justice and accountability. 

 

D A T A    B A S E S

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BLM Resources Guide

This is a gold mine for all things BLM. It is a live collection of resources including petitions, educational material, nonprofits to donate to, and more. This is a good resource for not only education but also taking action.

 

158 Resources to Understanding Racism in America

A collection of resources for education broken down into categories: historical context, systemic inequality, anti-black violence, protest, intersectionality, allyship and education.

 

All Things on Race

A constantly expanding collection of educational material on all topics of race and allyship.

 

Q U E S T I O N S

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Why is "blue lives matter" counterproductive to the movement?

This statement puts an occupation on the same level of a racial identity. At the end of the day a police officer can take off their uniform or they can quit the force because their job is a choice; black American's have no choice. We were born into blackness and can never remove it. Everyday we must face the consequences of being black in America. 

 

Why is "all lives matter" counterproductive to the movement?

Historically speaking, black people (and other POC) have never been included in the word "all". When our founding fathers declared "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence, while many of whom still owned slaves, what did they really mean when they said "all"? The Pledge of Allegiance states "for liberty and justice for all" yet we have had generations of black and brown folks fighting and marching for equal rights with very little success. Who truly gets the privilege of liberty and justice in this country? So when black people hear others say "all lives matter" what do you think we really hear? Additionally, this.

 

"But what about black on black crime?"

The conversation we are having is about police brutality and how innocent, unarmed black men continue to get killed at the hands of police. When this argument is used, it deflects the conversation to a false notion that black people are more violent than other racial groups which is not true. Additionally, statistically speaking, if you are a victim of the crime, your perpetrator will likely be the same race as you. More on the myths of black on black crime here and here.

 

"But aren't the police just doing their job?"

Have you ever considered the ethics of what police do to protestors? And when I say protestors I mean black and brown protestors gathered for the justice of senseless murders of black people.  We get tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, run over by patrol cars, hit with batons and shut down with an 8 pm curfew. But when white people protest, with actual lethal weapons, a stay-at-home order during a global pandemic, there is no militant force used. So what job are they really doing?

 

"Why do black people think that rioting and looting is okay? Doesn't that dilute the movement?"

For the record, all black people don't think the same way, nor do the people of any race.

When some focus on concerns of looting and not the deaths of a race of people, it shows that property is more important than actual lives. This deflects away from what is truly being advocated for and centers the importance of capital over people.

Historically speaking, black lives in America have never truly mattered. Our bodies are viewed as expendable because at one point in time we were considered property. Even when our bodies were considered property our lives still weren't valued. The destruction of property is a reckoning with the realization that America has always prioritized protecting property over black lives. Property (a Target store for example) can be damaged, but ultimately replaced, black lives can not.  

The protests led by BLM are always intended to be peaceful and protesting is every citizen's right. And if you remember stonewall or the suffragettes, many marginalized groups got their rights by protesting and those protests were brutally violent. But ultimately look what those events manifested. Also something to consider... if a small percentage of looters discredits the entire movement then what does a small percentage of bad cops do to the whole police force? More on protesting.

 

"What do I do if my BIPOC friends won't answer my questions or talk to me about race?"

A phenomenal and all inclusive, free resource can be found here.

 

"I’m white but I’m uncomfortable being at the front line of the protests. What other ways can I contribute?” 

Donating, signing petitions and emailing your city government and police chief are other easy ways to contribute to the movement. But there’s one other way that white people (and non-black POC) can help that is constantly overlooked. 

The sum of our micro-conversations and micro-interactions shapes this movement. Ultimately for black lives to truly matter and be valued, we must educate white people on their privilege and anti-blackness. And what this means is all those conversations you may have, at work or with your family, where someone says or does something that you know is racist, you need to speak up. And you need to leverage your privilege to hold space with them and challenge their beliefs. Ask why they think that and listen to what they have to say before offering an alternative perspective. Black people are only 13% of the U.S. populations and we are tired of explaining why we should matter. And oftentimes when we do, we are outnumbered or dismissed because the conversation is viewed as an attack. And even if we did all team up to educate white America, we still wouldn’t have enough support. 

Start within your circle and start having difficult conversations everyday. And I know these 5-10 minute conversations are going to be uncomfortable, but imagine how uncomfortable it is to be black every single day. As a white person, you have the power to move mountains for this movement but that’s only when you leverage your privilege and you make calling out racism a daily practice, not something done only when it is convenient. The fight to dismantle systemic racism in education, housing, public health equity, hiring discrimination, sexual harasssment, colorism and more all starts with everyone believing that black lives matter. 

 

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