Doing The Work: A Resource Guide
As most of you, our team has been wading through heaviness with the recent injustice unfolding in our country. It has been a time of grief, sorrow, conviction, and a knowledge that as a society, we can do so much better. If you follow along with us on instagram, we refused neutrality + silence — but, we can’t stop there. Like so many of our readers, we are day by day finding ways to turn our sympathy into action, to challenge the complacency x passivity that has, in turn, left our Black sisters and brothers to advocate for themselves. Our mission is about connecting women x products, and we didn’t want to let this moment pass without doing just that: empowering our readership with resources + products to help tomorrow look different than yesterday. To provide you with tools to turn your social media shares into tangible progress x growth, to own the responsibility + do the work of education, and proactively fight against injustice + racism. We invite you, with us, to show up + do the work that the Black community so deserves.
01 | How To Be Antiracist — Ibram X. Kendi
02 | White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin Diangelo, PHD
03 | Just Mercy — Bryan Stevenson
04 | The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarcerations in the Age of Colorblindness — Michelle Alexander
05 | I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made for Whiteness — Austin Channing
06 | So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
07 | The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century – Grace Lee Boggs
08 | White Rage – Carol Anderson
01 | Discussion x Dialogue — true change starts in the heart + in the home. Ask yourself, your family, and your friends the hard questions. Don’t shy away when it gets uncomfortable. Don’t get discouraged when you don’t have all the answers.
02 | Demand Justice — turn your words into work. Sign the petition demanding justice for George Floyd. Take it a step further and call 612-324-4499 and request justice from government officials in Minnesota. Don’t know where to start? Read up on the issues + what to say here.
03 | Educate — watch, listen, or read some of the resources x materials listed above. Take personal responsibility to learn about the history, patterns, and part you have to play in the cycle of racial injustice.
04 | Monitor Your Input — when you scroll through your social feeds, do most people look, dress, and sound like you? Take inventory of your netflix history, books, music, and the people you follow. Get outside of your own world and intake media from those whose experiences differ from yours. Sit back. Listen. Learn. Empathize. Gain context x understanding. Grow.
05 | Donate — now is the time to put your dollars where they matter. Consider donating to some of the organizations we listed above [or others] that help fight against racism + injustice in our country.
06 | Set a Reminder — set a reminder. In a month. In three months. In a year. Use that as a reminder to continue pressing in to growth, education, and advocacy for the world we want to see, beyond this moment.
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