I got swept up painting my kid’s room this weekend and it hit me that I had started distancing myself (AGAIN) from the Black Lives Matter movement because I’m a White Middle Class Cisgender woman in a heterosexual marriage and that gives me about 45 tons of privilege to disconnect from the issues at hand. SO! I decided to do a check-in for other white people trying to make sure they don’t lost steam. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Anyone started reading any of the books they bought? How about listened to any new podcast recommendations? Have you contacted your representatives about anything? Watched a documentary? Signed any petitions? Challenged the racist perspectives of anyone you know? Remember – Ibram X Kendi says that we *all* have to be deliberate about being “anti-racist” because our default is not that. Let’s hold each other accountable!
Here are a variety of doable challenges that hopefully touches a variety of types of doers. Don’t lose steam! Maybe choose one item on the list to do before the end of the week? Or more! Just make sure you’re staying engaged in whatever way is sustainable for you. This movement takes ALL of us but it’s going to take awhile so buckle in and find a rhythm.
- Contact your Congressperson and let them know you support H.R. 40 a bill before Congress that would create a commission to study the effects of slavery and discrimination from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies. If you don’t know who your Congress-person is (Huntsville…It’s Mo Brooks) then go here: https://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep
- HUNTSVILLE specifically: Contact your city council representative (you can email! If you don’t know your rep look here) about how you’d like the Confederate Monument moved. Many cities in Alabama have circumvented protocol because the outcry was so strong, let’s be loud.
- SIGN: ACLU petition to end militarization of our police
- Watch “The Kalief Browder Story” on Netflix
- Read the Article “There’s overwhelming evidence that the criminal justice system is racist. Here’s the proof.“
- Pre-Order – “Punching the Air” a YA novel written by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five. You can order it for your kids but as a big YA fan I would also encourage you reading it too.
- Follow Zinn Education Project on Facebook and mark to always see their posts “first” so every time you open up Facebook you’ll see whatever new historical post they’ve done.
- Buy “Anti-Racist Baby” for your next baby shower (comes out next week)