BE MORE THAN “NOT RACIST.”
We’ve all been raised within a white supremacist system, and it isn’t enough to just say you aren’t racist. Now is the time to be consciously and actively anti-racist, which means putting in energy to listening to Black voices, supporting Black communities, and unlearning racist beliefs.
Remember that anti-racist work is a long-term endeavor, something that continues when the hashtags stop trending. Take time to consider how you can make this work part of your daily life. Talk with your friends, talk with your family, call out racism and white supremacy wherever you see it, and make a concerted effort to deepen your understanding of systemic racism in America. Use the resources below to get started.
and Your Community
As Ahmed Ali reminds us, “It’s a privilege to learn about racism instead of experiencing it your whole life.” White people and non-Black people of color have a responsibility to consciously work to unlearn white supremacy and practice anti-racism. Remember that this is work we all need to do ourselves. We need to have conversations with our families and friends—don’t put the onus on Black people to educate you.
Mental Health Resources
Black women have been profoundly impacted by COVID-19 and the national reckoning with racial injustice. We are listening and want to support you in any and every way that we can. Below are some resources we’ve seen friends and colleagues share, and we hope they’ll help you take care of yourselves.
If you need mental health assistance right now, call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741.
Listen To Black Voices
Now is the time to take a critical look at who you are listening to and engaging with on social media. Are your social media feeds filled with diverse perspectives? Are you following people who will challenge you to sit with discomfort and dismantle racism every day? Here is a (certainly non-exhaustive) list of fantastic Black voices to follow, listen to, support, and amplify today and every day.
And don’t stop here! Follow and boost Black authors, artists, creators,
and thought leaders in every area you’re interested in.