A lot of the time I find people associating silence and mindfulness. While it is true that often when we engage in the act of being mindful we tend to quiet ourselves (both internally and externally) this does not mean it is required. In the case of the blatant injustices and racism that have become ever-more evident in the past few days, being silent isn’t being mindful. We can join the protest from home if we are not yet ready to venture out into society.
Not wanting to leave your home is understandable and acceptable during this time. Whether its because of the pandemic, or because of safety concerns, it is valid to want to stay in your home. HOWEVER, staying home does not need to equal silence.
In this case, your silence is neglectful. It is turning a blind eye on the people who need your help most. You can join the protest from home. We all must rise together to fight the utterly despicable travesty that lives within our society. We need to use our voices for good. Being neutral isn’t being mindful, either. As I’ve seen splattered around social media the past few days: it is not enough to be “not racist,” we must be actively anti-racist in order to enact change.
Below you will find a list of resources separated by purpose. Remember: being silent isn’t being mindful. Do something. Join the protest from home.
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White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism: “In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.”
So You Want to Talk About Race: “Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans–has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?”
Forbes article: How Monique Melton is Helping You Be An Anti-Racist. Read this insightful, educational post from educator, speaker, and podcast host Monique Melton, who is known for sparking important discussions around anti-racism and diversity.
Teaching For Black Lives: a collection of writings that helps educators humanize blacks in curriculum, teaching and policy and connect lessons to young people’s lives.
Unicorn Riot: a decentralized, educational 510(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Their work is “dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.”
When They See Us: A 2019 American drama Netflix series about the Central Park 5. This series explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused and prosecuted on charges related to a rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York.
13th: A 2016 documentary analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and the United States prison boom. Includes commentary from scholars, activists and politicians.
Pod Save the People with Deray: “Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.”
Code Switch from NPR: “It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.”
1619 from the New York Times: “An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.” You can listen to the podcasts or read the transcripts that are so helpfully provided!
Do your part and do. something. Speak up, speak out, create change. Use any of the listings below to let your voice be heard!
JUSTICE to 668366: Demands that all four police officers involved with the murder of George Floyd are arrested and charged with murder. You will be asked to respond with your zip code.
FLOYD to 55156: This signs the Color of Change petition (more details below).
ENOUGH to 55156: Demands that the officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor are held accountable for their actions.
Justice for George Floyd : Pretty self explanatory name, but it is actually the MOST SIGNED petition on change . org! As of right now, there are 10.7 million signatures and rising!
Color of Change: “We must now call on AG Ellison and continue demanding County Attorney Freeman charge and arrest ALL the officers with murder. Keep fighting. Stay strong. Sign the petition. “
Police Reform: “Due to unchecked police violence in this nation, we are requesting an immediate police reform bill. When police brutality occurs, police are allowed to conduct their own investigations of their own misconduct. In some situations a neighboring police department will conduct an investigation of misconduct. This is a conflict of interest. We demand a bill that requires all police departments in this country be investigated by democratically elected, independent civilian review boards; which have the power to investigate police, and also bring charges against police.”
Justice for Breonna: Petition demanding that there is justice for Breonna, a woman who dedicated her life to standing on the frontlines with the police who ultimately ended her life.
Black Visions Collective: “As an organization dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation, we need a radical and ongoing investment in our own healing.”
Reclaim the Block: “Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind.”
Black Lives Matter: “The movement and our ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.”
George Floyd Memorial Fund: Established to cover funeral and burial expenses, along with mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist the Floyd family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for George.
Campaign Zero: “Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. We are calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable.
Various Bail Funds: A thread covering most cities in the US where protests are taking place/ are planned to take place.
Share across social media. Make this a cause that simply cannot be ignored. You’d be amazed at how far each of our (digital) voices travel. Even if you think this “doesn’t affect you”, it does. Open your eyes and be a decent human being. Join the protest from home and encourage others to do the same.
(Yourself). Do some reflection and get to know your beliefs and biases. This not only will bring any negativity to light, but will also serve as a way for you to address your biases and take effective action to change them.
Reflect & Dig Deep
- When I think about the current sociopolitical climate, what am I feeling? What comes up? Where do I feel it in my body?
- When I reflect on my life, my thoughts about black people / POC have been ____.
- I am guilty of stereotyping others in these instances (list).
- My biases likely came from ____ but I want to work to resolve them because _____.
- How would you feel if you were on the opposite side?
- What are the thoughts I’m too afraid to say out loud? Why am I so hesitant?
- What self awareness work can I do in addition to reading this post?
- How can I use my privilege to help?
- Have I truly done enough to address my biases and privilege? Am I being honest with myself?
- What can I do with my skillset to help?
I don’t think I can say it enough. You don’t have to leave your couch to participate in the battle against injustice. You can do a plethora of things using the resources above to FIGHT for HUMAN RIGHTS. Join the protest from home today!
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