Getting Started: A List of Antiracism Resources
posted on June 10, 2020 | by Megan Lierley
To our Black readers and friends: You’ve been on my heart this week. We have a lot of work to do to make Advice From a 30 Something a lifestyle destination that feels inclusive of the many experiences faced by 30 somethings, most especially our Black readers. We are working to add more contributors and voices to the site, so if you’d like to be considered, please email me directly at email@example.com.
In the meantime, as a white woman, I know I have work to do to better and more thoroughly understand the privilege I’ve benefitted from my entire life and to support my Black neighbors and friends who were not born with this leg up in America. This list is not at all exhaustive, but here’s how I’m getting started.
A version of this list originally appeared in my weekly newsletter.
If you are in a financial position to donate, if the past couple of weeks have shown us anything, it’s just how much work needs to be done to eradicate systemic racism. These are the organizations doing the hard work, and have been long before we all posted black squares to our Instagram feeds. Consider supporting where you can. Better yet, consider a recurring donation.
- Black Lives Matter
- National Bail Fund Network
- Black Legal Action Centre (Canada)
- Black Mamas Matter
- List: 115+ ways to donate via The Strategist
There have been brilliant resources across the internet this month with how/where to help fight racism—both in this moment and against the systems that create and perpetuate this injustice. Here are some of them:
- Bay Area
- For parents of young children (a Cup of Jo interview with Lori Tailaferro Riddick and Sachi Feris from the site, Raising Race-Conscious Children)
Read, watch, and listen
If you spent 5 minutes on the internet this week, you’ve seen many reading/media lists making the rounds. Here are a few lists and resources I found helpful to my own learning.
- Elle‘s “Anti-Racist Reading List”
- Interview with Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be Antiracist
- Dear White Women by Rachel Cargle
- 13th (documentary directed by Ava DuVernay)
- An interview with Maxine Waters: Don’t Call It Rioting
- There are tons of excellent lists going around with book recs for anti-racism learning which I plan on reading. I read mostly fiction, but some novels by Black authors I’ve recently read and loved—and which shed light on the Black experience through storytelling—include Queenie, White Teeth, On Beauty, Such a Fun Age, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, An American Marriage, and The Mothers.
- 1619 podcast (a crash course in African American history—from the first slave ship to how we got to where we are today)
- Antiracist reading list bingo board (by @alyseruriani)
Order the book. Sign the petition. Do the research. Most importantly, check-in with yourself next week, next month, next year and make sure the action doesn’t stop when the news cycle changes.
- Sign the petition: Breonna Taylor Was Essential
- How you can help during protests
- Say their names out loud: Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Ahmaud Armery.
- 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship (by Mireille Cassandra Harper via Vogue UK)
- If you are a business leader, here is a list of speakers, workshops, consultants and training programs to bring the topic of race into your workplace in a conscientious way. (Business of Home)
Diversity the Voices in Your Feed
This is an extremely short list of some of my favorite accounts/activists but I encourage you not to follow blindly but to find Black voices that yes, speak to antiracism as you do the work, but also to your hobbies and interests—find Black yogis, Black writers, Black fashionistas, and Black foodies who may not necessarily always talk about race explicitly but whose experiences still may look different than your own.
- Attia Taylor (Editor in Chief of Womanly Mag)
- Danielle Prescod (antiracism resources, advocacy particularly within fashion + beauty spaces; makes me laugh)
- Jessamyn Stanley (yoga, body positivity, advocacy)
- Rachel Cargle (antiracism work & courses)
- Charles M Blow (NYT columnist whose columns I’ve read and looked forward to for many years)
- Cleo Wade (poet, writer of beautiful and thought-provoking words)
- Nkechi Njaka (mindfulness & meditation)
- Erica Chidi Cohen (wellness, CEO, author, doula)
- 11 antiracism accounts to follow (Variety)
I am not an expert here—there are far better resources and advocates for antiracism work out there, but I see it as my responsibility as the editor of A30S to use this platform to share at least some of the helpful resources I’ve collected this week. If there’s something I missed or got wrong—either in this article or in content to come—please always feel free to email me directly and let me know. I am listening.