I’m not going to spend time in this post explaining why racism is still (unfortunately) alive and well and why this is not okay.
Now is a time for black voices to be heard, so I will leave space for those voices and offer helpful resources that illustrate what is fundamentally wrong and how and why we need to fix it. That being said, white people, stop asking black people and people of color why what’s happening isn’t okay. Stop burdening them – again – with explaining. Please feel free to start a conversation with me or check out these resources. I will always be happy to have individual conversations.
Suffice it to say, our racist country isn’t necessarily about you personally – this is about an institutional system of which we are all apart, that we as white people have a responsibility to change. We have a responsibility to humanity and to our world, and we are a powerful part of this system – thus it’s our responsibility to create change. The burden has been on black people and people of color, yet the people with the power and privilege to truly create change are us, are white people. This is a white person problem. (Robin DiAngelo will explain it best – please see her work below under books.)
This is a short list to get started with, but will continue to be updated over time. Many organizations have comprehensive lists, and I’ve linked to some of them below.
When They See Us (4 episode series, Netflix)
13th (documentary, Netflix)
White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Showing Up for Racial Justice (national & local chapters) https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/
SURJ has an extensive resource list on their site as well.
Dismantle Collective (Bay Area based) – Resources for White Allies
NPR has a list of helpful resources as well: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/06/871023438/this-list-of-books-films-and-podcasts-about-racism-is-a-start-not-a-panacea
Code Switch (NPR)
Floodlines (The Atlantic)
1619 (The New York Times)
The Daily (from The New York Times) also provides excellent coverage of current events
Specifically for Denver
350+ black businesses to support in Denver!
That list started as 100+ businesses and has widely grown over the past two weeks. During the pandemic, the percentage of black businesses that have been forced to go out of business has been almost 3x higher than white businesses!