“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
We cannot stress how critical the need is for civic unity in not only today's environment, but for the sake of our collective future. In this volume of our Mixtape Series, we share resources, accounts, and inspiration in an effort to affirm the realities of injustice while simultaneously challenging their need to exist within our current society. The time is long overdue for support and partnership from those who think of themselves as allies. The time is now for change.
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 | May 26, Our Mothers Our Selves Podcast)
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)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don't Understand the Protests? What You're Seeing is People Pushed to the Edge. (May 30, Los Angeles Times)
National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Resources for Parents
Books for Children
Allyship: what does 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.
2. Do recognize that the shield of your privilege may blind you to others' experiences 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.
5. Don’t see yourself as Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves. Or Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. You are not the savior riding to the rescue on a white horse. Take 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 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) for you to affirm that account boldly among other white people, and 2) for allies use 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, remember you are making choices about the 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 a 'black male'? We are trafficking in racial ideology 24-7 online – and we can change the direction of these conversations every time we hit 'comment'." —Daisy Hernández
9. "Children—even young children—can hear about race, so 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 with 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 uplifting and inspirational songs, gospel, R&B, jazz and pop music artists (three hours of fun!) via Tracy E. Hopkins
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