How to Learn, Listen and be a Better Ally

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:

ACLU – Racial Profiling and Justice

Being Called Racist

Being a Strong Ally

Publications from the UCLA Civil Rights Project

So You Want to Talk About Race

For Kids

Something Happened in Our Town

Say Something

A Kid’s Book About Racism

We’re Different, We’re the Same


“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

Do Better

Teaching the next generation will play a pivotal role in what comes next. As many parents have stepped into the role of teacher, can act as a great resource for lesson plans including student texts and activities.

Donate your time or money to the following organizations including NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, and, ACLU.

Support black-owned businesses and brands such as The Honey Pot Co., CUSHNIE, Golde, and Briogeo.

Share community resources and tools with the audience you have available.

Follow new accounts. Some suggestions include Rachel Cargle, Glamazon Diaries, Nikkolas Smith, and Holly-Marie Cato.

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.

xo, Olivia

1 Comment

  1. Allison D Carpenter wrote:

    Thank you so much for your courage in posting this! xoxoxoxo

    Posted 6.2.20 · Reply

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