5 Reads: How to be Anti-Racist, 11 Things to Do Besides Say “This Has to Stop”, How to Make this Moment a Turning Point and More

I don’t have much to say that I haven’t already said, other than to reiterate the fact that it’s incredibly important for each of us to find ways to be part of the solution. We have to do the work, and we have to do it from wherever we can.

I will have an update on how I will be using my voice, my skills and experience in this arena soon. In the meantime, I hope that the resources below help take you from awareness to action. It’s time.

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

Barack Obama. Medium

Key quote: “So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.” Read the rest here.

11 Things To Do Besides Say ‘This Has To Stop’ In The Wake Of Police Brutality

Brittany Wong. Huffington Post

Key quote: “Oftentimes, the desire to be a “perfect” ally stops people from speaking up and taking action. Sometimes, we say nothing at all, not wanting to rock the boat or be judged as “too political” on social media. This silence is part of white supremacy culture. (For what it’s worth, speaking up against human rights violations is about as low-risk as you can get if you’re worried about appearing “political.”)” Read the rest here.

What It Means to be Anti-racist

Anna North. Vox

Key quote: “The work of anti-racism can’t stop next month, next year, or when the news cycle moves on. Right now, a lot of white people are paying attention to racism and police violence “because they have no choice,” Simmons said. They’re stuck at home because of the pandemic, and the protests are all over the media. But anti-racism can’t be something people think about only while it’s convenient, Simmons said. “It has to be a commitment that you make.” Read the rest here.

An Antiracist Reading List

Ibram X. Kendi. The New York Times

Key quote: “To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books. Not books that reinforce old ideas about who we think we are, what we think America is, what we think racism is. Instead, we need to read books that are difficult or unorthodox, that don’t go down easily. Books that force us to confront our self-serving beliefs and make us aware that “I’m not racist” is a slogan of denial.” Read the rest here.

Anti-Racist Resources from Greater Good

Click to jump to a section:

The psychological roots of racism
–How to overcome bias in yourself
–Confronting racism
–Reducing bias in criminal justice
–Building bridges
–Resources for parents
–Resources for educators

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