“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
As a white women, I am a supporter of this movement, not a leader.
Please follow the following accounts for better guidance on educating yourself in antiracism.
The following accounts may make you feel uncomfortable.
Follow them anyway.
Listen to what they have to say.
Step into your discomfort and open yourself up to change.
They have far more to teach on racial justice and equality than I ever can.
@moemotivate Monique Melton is an antiracist educator who will illuminate what you don’t know about race. Also, check out her $97 SHINE class: Anti-racism 101 Crash Course. The link is in her bio.
@theblackdoula for inspiration to birth a new reality
@nowhitesaviors Not gonna sugar-coat it, this one WILL make you feel uncomfortable. Follow them anyway.
@HereWeeRead for diverse book recommendations to raise curious kids
@TheConsciousKid for race-informed parenting
@AustinChanning for real talk on making real change
@Laylafsaad to learn how to educate yourself on race
@IjeomaOluo for more real talk on making real change
@Rachel.Cargle to deepen your understanding of the race story in America
@Ibramxk for more real talk on how to be an antiracist
@hoodherbalism for ancestral herbal wisdom lead by the BIPOC community
@Mujeresdemaiz is an indigenous art-ivist
May 31, 2020
AntiRacist Action Plan
The world has some healing to do.
And I have this to say to my fellow white people: We have a big part to play in this healing.
As a white identifying person myself, this AntiRacist Action Plan is specifically written for white people who want to embody ally-ship.
Non-white friends: Please reach out if you feel that parts of this need improving, or you have something to add. I’m all ears.
If you want to make a difference, this AntiRacist Action Plan is designed to help you get started.
As a mind-body-spirit health practitioner, I’m not an activist.
But my work is based on the interrelatedness of everything.
Whether it’s the connection between your own mind, body, and spirit, or your connection to the world around you, everything is everything, and everything impacts everything in more ways than our minds are built to comprehend.
And this means it’s up to all of us to create a more just world.
Changing ourselves and the world takes introspection, honesty, practice and repeated action.
I know that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel helpless when faced with the enormity of the injustice in the world.
And if you’re like the average white person in America, you might feel at a loss as to what you can do to make a difference.
But don’t let it paralyze you.
Cry when you feel it.
Express your emotions.
Take steps to take care of yourself so you can become a powerful instrument of goodness in the world.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.
As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
You are more powerful than you think you are.
And then let your feelings propel you into action in the world around you as well.
Because helplessness is counteracted by action.
Use this AntiRacist Action Plan to get started.
It is by no means comprehensive, and I would love to hear more ideas to add to the list. Every little bit counts.
I’m committing to taking one of the following actions every day for the next week.
It’ll take more than a week to fix systemic racism, but we have to start somewhere.
Will you join me?
To keep yourself accountable, use #antiracistactionplan to share what you’re doing on social media.
And who knows?
You might inspire others to do the same.
In fact, you almost definitely will.
Step 1: Reflect
Change starts inside of you.
Set aside 20+ minutes today to reflect and journal on one or more of the following questions:
• What makes me uncomfortable about race?
• What are some privileges I have that others don’t (read “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh if you don’t have answers to this)
• How often do I think about race? What prompts these thoughts?
• Who do I feel comfortable talking to about race? Who would I feel uncomfortable talking with about race? Why?
• If my child wanted to marry someone from a different race, what would my response be? Why?
• What changes do I want to see in the world around race? What can I do to embody these changes in my own life?
• What are some steps I can take to challenge myself to be more inclusive?
• What do I still need to learn about race?
Step 2: Donate to 1 or more of the following:
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund on GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
You can also send a check here:
The Estate of George Floyd
c/o Ben Crump Law, PLLC
122 S. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Attn: Adner Marcelin
Bridgett Floyd’s fundraiser for George Floyd’s daughter Gianna: https://www.gofundme.com/f/george-floyd-bigfloyd
Ahmaud Arbery’s Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud
Reclaim the Block: https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
Unicorn Riot: https://unicornriot.ninja/
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
The Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
The Brooklyn Bail Fund: https://brooklynbailfund.org/
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://www.naacpldf.org/
Communities United Against Police Brutality: https://www.cuapb.org/
Northstar Health Collective: https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/
The ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Step 3: Sign a Petition
• Text “Floyd” to 55156 to sign the Color of Change petition
• Justice for George Floyd: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd
• National Action Against Police Brutality: https://www.change.org/p/national-action-against-police-brutality-and-murder
Step 4: Send a Letter, Email, and/or Make a Call
Your voice counts.
Demand justice, accountability, and policing changes NOW.
Don’t know what to say? The wording in this petition offers a helpful script: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis
You can also read these scripts on the ACLU of Minnesota website: https://www.aclu-mn.org/en/call-for-justice-for-george-floyd
The best place to make changes in policing policy and criminal justice are at the state and local levels.
Contact your local officials and demand reform.
If you want to take further action in the case of George Floyd, contact these officials:
Contact Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman:
C-2000 Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Contact Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison:
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400
St. Paul, MN 55101-2131
Contact Governor Tim Walz:
651-201-3400 or 800-657-3717
130 State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Contact Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis, MN:
350 South 5th Street, Room 331
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Step 5: Listen to a Podcast
The Seeing White Series is a great educational podcast for adults on the history of race in America: https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
Let’s Talk About Whiteness with Eula Biss on the On Being podcast: https://onbeing.org/programs/eula-biss-lets-talk-about-whiteness-sep2018/
And here’s a list of other podcasts that don’t whitewash race: https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2019/04/29/podcasts-race-racism/
Step 6: Read
Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement: Here’s What You’ve Missed: https://theestablishment.co/welcome-to-the-anti-racism-movement-heres-what-you-ve-missed-711089cb7d34/
Unpacking the Invisible Backpack: https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack
I Need to Talk to Spiritual White Women, Part 1: http://laylafsaad.com/poetry-prose/white-women-white-supremacy-1
I Need to Talk to Spiritual White Women, Part 2: http://laylafsaad.com/poetry-prose/white-women-white-supremacy-2
White Anti-Racism: Living the Legacy: https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development/white-antiracism-living-the-legacy
10 Mistakes White People Make When Talking About Race: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/10-mistakes-white-people-_b_68694
Books for Adults:
Antiracist Reading List: https://bookriot.com/2018/07/27/books-about-race/
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel
Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk
Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue
The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know by Tema Jon Okun
Toward the Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter by Chris Crass
Books for Children:
60+ Resources for Talking to Kids About Race and Racism: https://bouncebackparenting.com/?s=race+and+racism
The Ultimate 2018 List of Diverse Books for Children: http://hereweeread.com/2017/11/2018-ultimate-list-diverse-childrens-books.html
Children’s Books By Brilliant Black Women: https://booksforlittles.com/black-women-makers/
Whose Toes Are Those by Jabari Asim
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
Lovely by Jess Hong
Sugarplum Ballerinas by Whoopi Goldberg
Step 7: Start a Conversation
It’s not going to be comfortable.
And it might not be easy.
But it needs to happen.
Talk to your family.
Talk to your friends.
Write a blog post.
Share on social media.
But before you start, examine your motivation.
Bayard Love of The International Civil Rights Center and Museum asks, “Why are you engaging in this conversation about race? If it’s just curiosity, a pet project, a desire to ‘fit in’ or not look silly, or to feel less guilty, you might want to reconsider. If you are ready to be part of change, and you want to understand racism better so that you can be a part of that change, then come on!”
And be careful not to make assumptions.
If you’re white, your black friends might be too angry and overwhelmed to have a real conversation with you right now.
Let them know that you’re sending love and acknowledge that you’re available for conversation should they want to have it, but don’t burden them with the responsibility of educating you.
Instead, educate yourself.
Then have intentional conversations with other privileged people around you about racism.
Teach children and young people about being anti-racist.
Don’t know how to start?
Check out these resources:
Raising Equity: A YouTube Channel that will help you raise conscientious anti-racist children https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCULsqcCJYXnZ3VQgxk3GfBg
Speak Up: Opening a Dialogue with Youth About Racism: https://rossieronline.usc.edu/youth-and-racism/
How to Have a Meaningful Conversation About Race: https://www.netimpact.org/blog/the-8-r%E2%80%99s-of-talking-about-race-how-to-have-meaningful-conversations
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup: https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4
And download Sally Leiderman’s list of Conversation Starters here: https://www.racialequitytools.org/act/strategies/dialogue-and-deliberation
Step 8: Repeat
Change happens through repeated deliberate action.
Make these steps part of your weekly routine.
Become someone who works to make a difference.
And please share the steps you take to help heal racism by using the hashtag #antiracistactionplan and show what you’re doing on social media.
Because you WILL inspire others to step up and do their part, too.
And together we can make the world a better place.
I can’t wait to see how we do it!
If you are in a position of hiring, evaluate your hiring practices. If the only dark-skinned people are cleaning and answering phones there may be an issue that needs to be looked at.
And if there is only one dark-skinned person working in a larger organization, there’s an issue.