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In the old model, no business owner—especially a female-owned small business just getting off its feet—would dare make statements that might offend or scare off customers. You won't find that here. This business stands for GOOD. And today that means standing arm in arm with Black Americans, helping to amplify their voices, their history and their reality. Each of us has the power to do more good. And you don't have to be on the front line protesting peacefully to do it. You can start here. Scroll down to get right to it.
If you’re on social media, you’ve witnessed a generous outpouring of information to help. Some of it to help the vulnerable. Some of it to wake the privileged. Either way, we’re lucky to have access to knowledge.
Unfortunately, this information isn’t reaching everyone. Maybe you’re not on social media. Maybe you're busy working and raising your family. Maybe you live and work in a more homogenous area. Maybe you're just looking for a place to start. Here we’ve created a rough list of resources intended to help us all gain a better understanding of where we are, how we got here, and more important, how we can actively support our brothers and sisters, people of color in the United States and indeed, around the globe.
We are in no way experts, far from it. We’re just a small business wanting to do more than post a meme. We are not the authors and take no credit for the insight, perspective, and experience in this list. The credit goes wholly to the passionate, the talented, the smart, and the socially focused folks who are tuned in and making change—and who engage us to do the same. We are simply amalgamators, cutting and pasting resources we find to share. If you have additions, please comment below or send an email to: email@example.com.
We haven’t watched every movie or read every book or explored every .org. But we’d like to. We need to. Join us in this journey.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
ORGANIZATIONS IN NEED OF YOUR SUPPORT
Take 30 minutes to check out these organizations, some are .orgs others are independent media outlets working to bring truth. Read their vision, mission statements and their articles. If you’re not overcome (insert with… sadness, anger, surprise, the need to help) then keep reading. Support can take many shapes, volunteering, contributing in kind, donating, sharing, listening, and acting.
BOOKS ABOUT RACISM+
BOOKS AUTHORED BY BLACK AMERICANS
Stealing a line from a relative who has dedicated her life to social justice, “You might also consider books by Black people and other people of color that aren't explicitly about race. That's another great way to support the Black community and educate non-Black readers without an explicit focus on race—allows for some celebration of joy and other experiences as well.” Can’t say it any better than that.
Most of this list was compiled by Alica Bobesha from an article she wrote for BabyandBlog. We kept the links in since she deserves the credit should you buy any of the books... that said, if you can find it at books.org vs. amazon, life is gooder.
Black Owned Bookstores with Online Shopping:
Many of these are on Netflix, PBS, Hulu, HBO, Prime, and other channels. Also, your local library may have some, too.
Films & Series
Please visit Oprahmag.org, it’s full of interesting lists like best dramas, best black movies that should have won Oscars, and a plethora of others you’ll want to know about people.
Also read this article titled, "These Movies Will Help You Understand Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice" by Imani Bashir, she highlights four must-see film/series: Crown Heights, When They See Us, The Hurricane, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Jennifer Lewis — This is so powerful.
And this one from an interview with Don Lemon gives you a broader window into her talent and message.
"44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country" by Zahra Barnes for Self magazine. It's worth the read for several reasons: if you're not black but in need of help, you can still find help here; reading this may give you a little insight.
ARTICLES YOU WANT TO READ
5 Phrases Your Black Friend Wishes You’d Stop Sayingby Ajah Hales
Welcome to the Great 'Awakening' by Van Jones
Momentum by Medium —A blog about the fight against anti-Black racism.
RESOURCES FOR PROTESTORS
We want you to know we see the protesters and their message separately from the looters and rioters. Sure there can be some overlap, but the vast majority are there to get the message out. Does it make you uncomfortable? It is supposed to. It's how we enact change. We do not condone the crimes these bad agents are perpetrating against businesses and homes and municipal property, nor do we condone their aggression and violence against law enforcement officers. We believe these bad agents should be held accountable. That said, we also don't condone the use of the military, nor do we condone the use of violence from any law enforcement agency. We believe our tax dollars should support police, we need them, we pay them to be there for us—all of us. Instead of fighting them or throwing all of our rage their way, remember racism, inequality, injustice is spread across many connected systems (and beyond). What if we took a deeper dive into where their funding goes? What if we reallocated money toward programs that life communities up? Here are a few examples: housing, education, healthcare—human-centered services. What if we used the money to create better policing? We need to vote and petition to drive our tax dollars differently, to help them, help us — all of us. Only through better training, more psychological support, de-escalation techniques, stronger accountability programs, peaceful 'weapons', video cameras, and other strategies can we have a well-intentioned, community police force. It would be a win-win for all.
NOTE: INFO PULLED FROM ACROSS THE WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA
This is not an exhaustive list, there are so many good people and good organizations doing incredible work. It can be challenging to find the correct credit with so many posts and reposts. So if you’ve been left off the list and/or deserve credit for something on the list, please feel free to contact us to set it right.
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