Angela Davis said, "In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist." To me, this quote highlights the fact that we can’t consider ourselves part of the solution if we are staying silent about racism --we have to be actively and vocally against it.
I for one had no clue where to start... Seriously! I would start a post then delete it, and have repeated this for days! For so many reasons;
I don’t feel like I know enough to share helpful information. I don’t want to just repeat someone else.
As a white person, I’m not fully aware yet what I can do.
Being shamed or criticized for my lack of knowledge and experiences.
But then I got an email where she put together a guide to help us as white women become more educated and start somewhere. I knew I just had to say something, even at the expense of if being wrong. As a white woman myself, I can empathize with how you’re feeling -- the fear, shame, guilt, and confusion about where to begin. But then I say this quote by Desmond Tutu said, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
SO here I am taking my stand and helping you to also. I am going to share some things I have received and also some things I have either seen or read to better help me understand how to help and not be silent! Not going to lie, some of it is heart-breaking and all of it just makes me downright mad.
I received this email from Melyssa Griffin and I had to share her guide with you! You can check out the free guide right here! This guide includes definitions that are important to know, links to helpful articles and books, anti-racist educators to follow, and more. Virtually all of the resources in this guide were created by black and BIPOC leaders (not myself) because their voices are the ones we should be listening to most right now. I wanted to create this guide because I noticed that so many people in my community want to speak up, but don’t know how, and are overwhelmed with where to start. I hope this guide helps you to begin your journey to understanding the complexities of racism and how you can begin to dismantle it within yourself and the world around you.
If you are white, please watch.
As a white person, my parents never had to discuss how to behave around police officers when I was a kid. Growing up I never once thought about what my skin colour meant and what it might mean to others. As a white person, I know I have the privilege of never having to think about this. I know I never had to deal with any of this. But as a white person, I have the responsibility, WE have the responsibility to talk about injustice and to make it right. Why? Because none of us chose the colour of our skin nor did we choose which privileges came with it or those that did not.
Please click the picture to watch!
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