Let me preface this by saying I do not have all of the answers. However, I do know that the time has passed to stand on the sidelines. I, like so many right now, want to learn more so I can be a better ally. This is an effort that will take all of us. As so many have said, this isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights. After doing some research I wanted to put together a list of resources to become further educated and actively show support. As a mother, some of these are specifically geared towards not only teaching ourselves but our children.
Understanding the history and current circumstances are crucial to taking meaningful action and next steps. Here are just a few resources to get started.
Read & Listen:
“13th” – A documentary that goes into the history of racial inequality in the United States and present-day implications within the prison system.
Confronting Myths in Black History – a TED talk given by David Ikard
Cost of Racism – a TED talk given by Heather C. McGhee
Black Lives Matter – A TED talk interview conducted with the founders of Black Lives Matter
Teaching the next generation will play a pivotal role in what comes next. As many parents have stepped into the role of teacher, tolerance.org can act as a great resource for lesson plans including student texts and activities.
Share community resources and tools with the audience you have available.
Support resources like The Conscious Kid.
Register to vote and show up on election day.
Medium put out a great list of actionable items if you’re unsure of where to start within your own community.
This is by no means a complete list but it’s a start. If you have any other resources on how to be better ally, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to learn more and share them.