So much pain. So much pain we are seeing and even more sad, it’s the same pain amplified over and over again decade after decade throughout the entire history of our country. I don’t know what the answer is, or what will bring actual, real, tangible change in all of our hearts. But driving through the riots a few days ago on our way to visit my sick grandfather, I saw that pain. I saw that same pain firsthand for the first time at 5 years old during the LA riots over what was done to Rodney King (my elementary school was in the heart of where the LA riots occurred and was forced to shut down after parts of the school and church were literally burnt to the ground.) We watched the ugliest form of that pain days ago as a police officer took George Floyd’s life without disregard for him, his family, his 6 year old daughter who is now left without a father. We’ve been taught of that pain through history lessons, images, audios, all in an attempt to prevent history from repeating itself over and over again, but we have not learned. Why have we not learned? Never, NEVER, would I have thought that in the year 2020, I would have to raise my daughter in a time where outright RACISM is more prevalent than ever. Please, please take a moment to listen. Please imagine that pain and hurt and injustice being done to your own father, mother, CHILD, if you are still having a hard time understanding it on a personal level. The REAL change will not start anywhere before it is taught in our own homes.
I know we have so many parents here reading this article. I beg you to be proactive and teach LOVE and an utter intolerance of racism from your home. It’s the only chance we have at real change for the future so we don’t have to keep repeating our ugly history decade after decade, year after year, day after day. Love in our homes for ALL HUMANS is the only chance our children have at not facing this same fate we’re experiencing today. We’re all searching for what we can do to make a difference right now. During these past few days, I’ve taken the time to pause, reflect, and continue to educate myself on systemic racism and police brutality so I can join the continued fight for equality. That being said, I’ve researched and found some great resources over the past few days that I wanted to share with all of you. These are just some of the resources and informative links that I’ve found helpful in hopes that some of you will too. Let’s not lose the momentum and continue to be part of the change, whether it’s signing petitions, writing your city’s mayor, or simply educating yourself, anything makes a difference.
What To Read
So You Want To Talk About Race
Explores the reality of today’s racial landscape and addresses issues such as white privilege, police brutality, systemic racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
DiAngelo is an anti-racist educator and scholar. Her book, White fragility breaks down the different aspects and manifestations of White Fragility, and how our society can work towards racial justice.
How to Be an Antiracist
In this bestseller Kendi combines ethics, history, law, science, and his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. He dissects what racism really is, and the basic struggle we’re all in.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
In this book, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy discusses de jure segregation, the laws and policies passed by local, state, and federal governments that deliberately imposed racial segregation in our nation.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
A very important read for understanding and dismantling the our criminal-justice system.
What To Watch
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
You can find this docuseries on Netflix. This specific episode looks into how slavery and inequality in our society has led to housing discrimination. It also explains the nearly 10-to-1 difference in wealth between the median white American family ($171,000) and the median black American family ($17,600).
When They See Us
Another true crime docuseries that’s based on the Central Park jogger case of 5 teenage boys wrongfully convicted of a crime that they did not comit
This is a documentary analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
This is a true crime docuseries that tells the story of a teenager wrongfully charged with theft and jailed at Riker’s Island prison for over 1,000 days
Who Killed Malcom X?
An insight into Malcom X, his beliefs and his mysterious death
What To Sign/Write
Reclaim The Block Petition
Sign this petition in the fight to defund the Minneapolis Police Department and invest money into other areas of the city’s budget that protects the community’s safety and health.
Email and/or Tweet Your City’s Mayor or Sheriff
Join the #8CantWait campaign, created by Campaign Zero that is pushing mayors in their cities to enact eight police reform policies.
Volunteer with Grassroots Law Project
Grassroots organizers are building a team to take the fight for justice to every elected and appointed official in the nation.
Demand Justice For George Floyd
Sign the petition to get justice for the wrongful murder of George Floyd.
Demand Justice For Breonna Taylor
Sign the petition to get justice for Breonna Taylor and for the immediate arrests of the officers involved in her wrongful death.
Demand Justice For Emerald Black
Sign the petition to get justice for Emerald Black who was stomped on by police officers while pregnant and miscarried.
Where To Donate
This is one of the nation’s most reputable advocacy organizations that uses research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education. When donating, you can pick where your money is directed. For example, towards police reform, education, voting rights, or you can choose ‘Where it’s needed most.’
George Floyd Memorial Fund
This fund is raising money to directly support George Floyd’s family with costs related to his death, including funeral and burial expenses, counseling and travel expenses for court proceedings as they continue their fight. The money will also go towards care for his children and their education fund.
Provides legal services and support for a broad range of people to ensure the rights and privileges provided by the Constitution are available to every single person in this country.
Black Visions Collective
This black, trans, and queer-led organization is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence.
Minnesota Freedom Fund
This organization posts bail and immigration bonds for those who cannot afford to.
Black Lives Matter
This organization was founded after Trayvon Martin’s wrongful death back in 2013, and continues to fight for structural, community-based change.
The Loveland Foundation
A nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for black women and girls seeking mental health support.
Color Of Change
Color of Change is the largest online civil rights advocacy organization in the U.S. They design powerful campaigns and initiatives to fight racism and injustice in our world.
Black-Owned Businesses To Support
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