We must do the work to be anti-racist

Anti-Racism Resources for White Women

White feminists, this post is for us. We have been benefitting from the activism work of women of color for far too long without doing the heavy lifting to fight for equity and justice.

If you’re like me, you are truly digging into anti-racist work embarrassingly late in the game. But I am committed to digging in, listening, learning and supporting.

The goal of this post is to provide some encouragement about the need and value of this work and, more importantly, share resources curated by trusted voices on this issue.

Please note I am embedding original posts here rather than re-creating them. (Continuously updated.)

Anti-Racist Action Items

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Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time. — For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here. — A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to – please go and follow @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @iamrachelricketts, @thegreatunlearn, @renieddolodge, @ibramxk + a few more: @akalamusic, @katycatalyst + @roiannenedd who all have books or resources from many more years of experience. _

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Read Victoria’s Anti-Racist Resources

For a lot of us, the first action item is to read one of the recommended books. Here’s a list of black-owned bookstores who will benefit from your purchase infinitely more than Amazon.

Ally Box – Fulton Street. The Ally Box is a 3-month limited book subscription for allies (and those who seek to be allies) from a Black woman-owned indie bookstore. Each box comes with two books, curated resources, and suggested action steps. Your subscription also includes access to an online learning collaborative.

More Reading

How to Show Up for Black Women from Mama Knows It All. “Accept the fact that the life and experiences that you may have been privileged to live are quite different than that of many Black women.”

Dear White People, this is what we want you to do from Inside the Kandi Dish. “I don’t want to hear ‘I can’t believe this.’ I want you to read up on the history you’ve had the privilege to ignore.”

How White Women Can Be Better Black Lives Matter Allies by Jennifer Palmieri. Forget posting a black square to Instagram—white women must acknowledge that they, too, have benefited from the white male patriarchy, and that racism is entwined in their historic push for equal rights.

The system is not broken. It was built this way by Brené Brown. “From the dehumanizing language and policy of this administration, to the history of white women using the performative “quiver of fear” when calling the police on black men, to police brutality, the system is working exactly how it was designed.”

9 Books to help you discuss anti-racism with children. Books to spark conversations anti-racism, police brutality and more.

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