As we take this day celebrate freedom and Black culture, we realize the struggle for equality and racial justice is ongoing. This is a day of jubilation, but the work is not yet complete. We’ve seen the injustice in our society laid bare in the last months.
We’re all far from perfect and we can take some time for growth this Juneteenth, whether it’s reading Maya Angelou, talking to your kids (or parents) about racism, or diving into the stories of Black history that are so often left out of our textbooks. We’ve included some resources to for today and the days ahead.
Resources and Next Steps
Here are some things that you can do NOW – to help or to get help:
· Practice self-care and get help if you need it. (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/g5pgmq/self-care-tips-for-black-people-struggling-from-painful-week)
· Make a donation to the families of George Floyd (https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd), Ahmaud Arbery (https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud), and Breonna Taylor (https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor).
· Support black owned businesses – here’s a great website that allows you to search by state and zip code: https://www.supportblackowned.com/states/ca
· And here is a list of LA restaurants owned by African Americans here in LA (https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020-05-31/black-owned-restaurants-in-los-angeles).
· Donate to a cause that supports criminal justice reform, like the NAACP Legal Fund (https://www.naacpldf.org/about-us/)
· Make a donation to a cause that supports education in the black community – just a few include: Black Girls Code (https://www.blackgirlscode.com/), The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (https://www.tmcf.org/), The United Negro College Fund (https://uncf.org/).
· If you have children, talk to them about race. Here are some tips for raising racially conscious children (http://www.raceconscious.org/).
· If you have young kids, check out the CNN/Sesame Street special on racism this Saturday morning: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/02/us/cnn-sesame-street-standing-up-to-racism/index.html.
· Reach out to your black friends and colleagues and tell them that you are thinking about them. (https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/06/9848854/check-in-black-friends-colleagues-what-to-say)
· Pick up a book on antiracism, white fragility, or the history of institutionalized racism and discrimination. Some good ones to try: The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin; We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations about Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum.
· Get educated about race and racism. (https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race)
· Be someone who speaks up when they see or hear racist language (https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/speak-up/six-steps-to-speak-up).
· Sign a petition (there are many good ones): https://act.colorofchange.org/signup/state-emergency-black-people-are-dying
· If you want to get involved in the community, check out great organizations like Leaders Up/The Future At Work, which champion inclusivity for the next generation of workers: https://leadersup.org/
· If you are in pain and need help, please identify resources that work for you. This may be a good start: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B10aXyoRnxu0OEViUmVicVZ0a1U/view
More great resources:
· So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
· The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
· How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
· The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
· I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou
And here’s a list of black owned bookstores across the country to purchase these books from.
Documentaries and Films
· The Hate U Give (Netflix)
· Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)
· When They See Us (Netflix)
· 13th (Netflix)
· Dear White People (Netflix)
· Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix)
· Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)
· Who Killed Malcolm X (Netflix)