I know I am not alone in thinking that posting more outfit photos in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, along with the racist incident toward Christian Cooper, feels wrong and not at all pressing compared to the work the US has to do around racism and police violence toward people of color. Instagram has been full of great resources this weekend so I want to amplify some books, posts, and places to donate:
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness by Simone Brown
Posts and graphics:
-Considering the intent behind your posts
-Aja Barber’s Patreon
-On unlearning calling the cops
-On making allyship a habit
Places to donate:
-Your local bail bonds nonprofit (target the class-based discrimination caused by the US cash bail system, will help bail out protestors as well–note: MN Freedom Fund is encouraging people to spread the money around as they’re getting many donations right now).
–Southern Poverty Law Center (tracks white supremacist and hate groups and exposes them)
–Reclaim the Block (Minnesota-based, focus on funding community initiatives instead of increasing police budgets)
–Campaign Zero (Focus on policymakers and policing and ending police violence)
One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot this week is how to do antiracist work in myself and my community that is proactive and acknowledges that this is an ongoing problem–how can I read more POC, set up recurring donations, contact officials, check voting records, and check my own habits and biases. If you have any more resources you would like to share in the comments, please do!