Mixtape Vol. 12—DO SOMETHING!

Real racial progress will be made when white action (not just white outrage) is in proportion to the social, economic, political, and cultural advantages the oppression of the black people has afforded white people.—Gene Durnell

Do something! In supporting Black Lives and Black Bodies we need more than thoughts and prayers, flat hashtags, marches, and social media swag. Change requires action! Advocacy: Speak up. Learn: Read, unlearn, share, repeat. Challenge companies and organizations announcing BLM solidarity check rosters are POC’s in Sr level positions/on the board, do their policies reflect equity - Do something!

The murder of George Floyd forced the millions connected to cannabis- whether as advocates, growers, retailers, journalists, patents, or consumers- to take a hard look at our mission, our work, our achievements, our failures, and our responsibilities.

The Black Lives Matter movement is forcing a reckoning across America—and in the cannabis industry. In a field built on a history of Black oppression, too few legal companies are Black-owned and Black-managed. And too few Black staff members are truly heard.

Allyship: what does it mean, what does it look like?

1. Don’t demand that those you are supporting produce proof of the inequality they are working to resist. (it’s retraumatizing) 2. Do recognize that the shield of your privilege may blind you to the experience of others of injustice. 3. Don’t offer up your relationship with a member of the marginalized group as evidence of your understanding. 4. Do be open to learning and expanding your consciousness by listening more and talking less. (learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable) 5. Don’t see yourself as the Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves. Or Tom Cruise in The Last Samari. You are not the savior riding to the rescue on a white horse. Do notice that you are joining a group of people who are already working to save themselves. 6. Do realize the only requirement you need to enter ally-ship is a commitment (and action) to justice and human equality. - Melissa Harris Perry

7. Recognize the best way to be good allies is to work among your own people (white people) to create more allies. Too frequently, white allies think we are inviting them to come into our communities to affirm account of racist acts and structures. We are really asking 1) affirm that account boldly among other white people 2) us their privilege to confront racial injustices when they see them happening, whether in grocery store or the boardroom – Brittany Cooper

8. When using social media, tweeting, Facebook, IG remember you are making choices about words and the stories we tell about race. What are you noticing about headlines when the police kill another black teenager? Is the teen described as a kid on his way to college or aa a “black male”? We are trafficking in racial ideology 24-7 online – and that we can change the direction of these conversations every time we hit “comment” – Daisy Hernandez (more than hashtags)

9. Children, even young children can hear about race, talk to them. Don’t wait until they encounter a problem at school, among friends, or hear about something in the news to engage then on the subject of difference. Teach them that multiculturalism and diversity aren’t just the food, costumes, holidays, and a few brown faces in a classroom to break up the whiteness. Expose them to books, TV and movies featuring people of color as protagonists and heroes. – Sylvia Chan

Lift your Spirits Listen to Music


Music changes the energy in the room. Hook up, turn on, pump up the volume, push play and get ready to groove. The  “Keep the Faith” playlist is 37 inspirational songs, gospel, R&B, jazz and pop music artists (three hours of fun!)

-Tracy E. Hopkins


Articles / Books

It's Not Obesity. It's Slavery. (May 25, New York Times)

A Window Onto An American Nightmare (ft. GLIDE) (May 25, The New Yorker)

Podcast: Mildred Nash - Eight Children and a Giving Hand (interview led by Katie Hafner, who planned to join us in Alabama this past year but had to couldn't make it due to personal issues.) (May 26, Our Mothers Our Selves)

How White Women Use Themselves as Instruments of Terror (May 27, New York Times)

Roxane Gay: Remember, No One is Coming to Save Us (May 30, New York Times)

Peggy McIntosh, vital article on white privilege and daily effects of white privilege “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don't Understand the Protests? What You're Seeing is People Pushed to the Edge. (May 30, Los Angeles Times) Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don't understand the protests? What you're s... The main concern of black people right now isn’t whether they’re standing three or six feet apart, but whether t...

How to Be an Antiracist  - Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Beverly Tatum

Just Mercy- Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexander


Resources for Parents

Embrace Race: In My Skin, Supporting Positive Racial Identity Development in Black Children 

Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture:Talking About Race.

Association of Black Psychologists: Five Star Family Enhancement Plan for COVID-19

American Psychological Society: Racial Stress and Self-Care

- Parent Tip Tool

Common Sense Media: How white parents can use media to raise anti-racist kids


Common Sense Media: Award Winning African American Books

Common Sense Media: Coretta Scott King Book award winners

Embrace Race: Read-aloud books for raising a brave generation 

Books that inspire resilience in kids of color​​

Books that encourage kids of all colors to be inclusive and empathetic

Books that support kids to think critically about racial inequity

Books that animate kids (and their adults!) to be racial justice advocates for all kids

Heise Reads & Recommends - 100 picture books that include Black people and communities


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