Hey Meredith McGee,
This is a moment of incredible consequence for our country.
On streets across this nation, we are reckoning with generations of racism, oppression, and injustice.
It is needed, painful work.
But I want to be clear: it cannot fall on the shoulders of Black America.
Those of us who are white have to be more than allies — we have to be activists against a system that favors and protects us because of our whiteness.
We have to educate ourselves, know and understand our privilege, and become active participants in this fight — not just right now, but every day to come.
I wanted to share some resources and literature on how we can do this work. How we can take responsibility. How we can move towards justice — together.
Work you can do:
Ways to Help || Written by Black Lives Matter
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice || Written by Corinne Shutack on Medium
Call 202-224-3121 to tell your Members of Congress to support Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s resolution to condemn all acts of brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers — and calls for the end of militarized policing practices.
Literature to Read:
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” || Written by Peggy McIntosh
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” || Written by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic
“Why white silence is deafening — and deadly” || Written by Sirry Alang | Salon
Things to Listen To:
1619 || By The New York Times
Code Switch || by NPR