It is not enough to be non–racist, we must be anti-racist. — Angela Davis
Every time you feel uncomfortable, question it. Dig deep into it. Delve into your feelings. Every time you want to step back because you feel like it’s not your problem, push yourself further into it. And do not make it about you. Ask yourself why you feel personally victimised in a situation that is not to do with you? In a time we need to be doing our part in action and change.
Check in. Donate, and do the active work behind the scenes even when this all calms down… Because this will happen again. And we cannot continue to act shocked any time something like this happens, when it is a reality for BIPOC every. single. day. It’s not enough to just share a post on Instagram to let everyone know that you also find it appalling. It’s not enough to say ‘we’re all in this together’… and then not do anything.
Accept that you will never reach a full level of understanding; it is constant work, all the time, and it is having to accept that you will get things wrong – but you must be willing to learn. Talk to your friends (particularly your white ones), your family, challenge them and yourself. Call people out.
DON’T go to BIPOC to educate you. Do not go to them to ask questions and for resources for your education; google, research, ask your anti-racist white friends. Read articles, watch videos and listen to podcasts about white supremacy and racial injustice. Send the BIPOC people on social media cash for what they’re doing to educate you!!! And keep educating yourself!
If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. – Desmond Tutu
Lauren Lately has a great blog post recently on doing the work to become anti-racist with many different resources to get yourself involved in doing the work. A few of our article and book recommendations double up, but I have found her list comprehensive and useful & will be educating myself with the ones I haven’t yet used.
Choose from any of the books/articles listed in this article; books on anti-racism
They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Australia Day by Stan Grant
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison
Because a White Man’ll Never Do It by Kevin Gilbert
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Rabbit Proof Fence
The Hate U Give
When They See Us
The Watson’s Go to Birmingham
This is only the beginning. These resources only just begin to scrape the surface of unlearning bias, of changing the way we think, and of enacting change. Take the time to research and educate yourself, and share your findings with the people around you. Be better. And don’t stop learning.