100 resources for fighting racism
After weeks of protests in response to the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Oluwatoyin Salau, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, and more, many people worldwide have taken to the internet to utilize tools to fight police brutality, white supremacy, and racial inequity.
News of the killings flared from city to city, bringing with it the harsh realities of systematic racism and oppression against Black communities. Video recordings of Black lives being taken spread like wildfire across the internet. There has been a protest every day since the death of George Floyd, and people continue to use the tools given to the community to uplift, encourage, and stand up for Black lives.
Silence is no longer an option for many, who instead are calling for accountability and the systematic dismantling of outdated racist policies and notions still pervasive in American society. Shockwaves of support rang out on television, social media, corporate spaces, and the streets. Whether it be hashtags, exposure, educational resources, or active protests, many people are fighting for inclusivity and changes in police tactics.
Stacker compiled a list of 100 resources to take action against racism, from anti-racism organizations to essential reading. We've used multiple crowdsourcing materials created by digital communities to help readers utilize the wide variety of petitions, organizations, events, fund donations, and other useful links. The list also includes books, organizations, movies, podcasts, educational resources, and social media accounts for readers to follow and stay up to date on current events.
Keep reading to explore ways you can contribute to the cause.
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Book: 'So You Want to Talk About Race' by Ijeoma Oluo
A New York Times best-seller, "So You Want to Talk About Race," examines race in America through the lens of topics like police brutality, white privilege, and the mass incarceration of Black Americans. Ijeoma Oluo provides a user-friendly view for readers to explore the complex reality of racial injustices needed to have honest conversations about race and racism.
Educational resource: Ways You Can Help, #BlackLivesMatter
This list is updated with various resources you can use to support the Black Lives Matter movement. It includes links to petitions, voter information, and places to donate funds that aid protesters, organizations, and other antiracist materials.
Movie: 'I Am Not Your Negro' (2016)
Based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscripts, "I Am Not Your Negro" is a documentary that explores racism in America and accounts of the lives of civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, who were all assassinated within five years of each other. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film relies heavily on Baldwin's words to show deeper connections between the three leaders and Baldwin's radical views on race relations.
Organization: Black Lives Matter
A movement representing freedom, liberation, and justice, Black Lives Matter has been the center of the racial movement in recent years. The hashtag was founded in 2013 after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin; three Black women took to social media, and a movement began. The organization has multiple chapters around the world, resources, programs, and more.
Article: 'Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism'
Parents can find a slew of resources in this article on the PBS for Parents website. This article is designed to help parents navigate the topics of diversity, race, and anti-racism with children through kid-friendly books and other resourceful articles. The site also has a virtual learning event held by other parents and experts to help instill confidence in young Black children and provide non-Black children the tools to combat racism.
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TV show: 'When They See Us' (2019)
Five teenagers from Harlem became targets when they were falsely accused of assaulting a white female jogger in New York's Central Park. "When They See Us" explores these teenagers' tragic journeys as they struggle to maintain their innocence with the odds stacked against them. The four-part series, directed by Ava DuVernay, follows these young Black boys' harsh reality as they grow into men—family heartbreaks, prison torture, and racial injustices—portraying the poor treatment of Black Americans in the judicial system.
Book: 'White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism' by Robin DiAngelo
"White Fragility" highlights the disappointing reactions to conversations with white people regarding open discussions about race. Robin DiAngelo argues that America's segregated society on racial injustices appeases the discomfort of those separated from the reality of racism, thus causing white sensitivity.
Donate: National Bail Fund Network
Community Justice Exchange contributes to the fight against forms of criminalization, detentions, and racial incarceration. The organization's tool, the National Bail Fund Network, comprises a collection of community bails and bonds to free people from jail and immigration detentions. The list is consistently updated and separated by state programs for participants to choose from.
Educational resource: Overhaul of Advocacy
For those seeking variety in ways to combat racism, Overhaul of Advocacy is a database with tons of resources spanning from crowdsourced documents, podcasts, videos, petitions, Black-owned business information, organizations, and more. The one-stop-shop site was designed to collect and share lists that center Black voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition to resources, the site offers events and courses for those interested in further educating themselves on topics.
Instagram account: @PullUpForChange
After seeing many brands presume solidarity for #BlackLivesMatter by posting a black square on Instagram for #BlackoutTuesday, Sharon Chuter began the Pull Up For Change movement that questioned the number of Black corporate leadership roles at major brands. With 134,000 followers and counting, the Instagram page, @pullupforchange, asks a wide range of companies to post their 2019 diversity numbers within 72 hours of posting solidarity with the Black community. This allows users and shoppers to see the diversity and inclusion numbers of popular places and platforms they use.
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