We are accountable

I have always been against racism, I have challenged friends and family members on jokes and subtle comments on stereotypes, I have thought up until this point that by me not being racist I was part of change in my generation, that was needed. That was wrong, it is not enough for me not to be racist, I need to be actively anti-racist. I was ignorant about my part in the bigger picture and for this I apologise. But through education and action, I can be part of the change. I am in a position to use my platform to amplify Black people’s voices and their activism.

We are accountable for the systemic racism that runs deep in our country. Raising a White son, it is important that he is aware of his privilege and is active in being an Ally to the Black Lives Matter movement.

So this is the start of the research I have done, resources to educate, provoke discussions and to be part of vital change. It is our responsibility to focus on anti-racism and to help support and be part of change in building a better and safer future for the Black community.

Ways to help

This list is not exhaustive, there are hundreds of resources available. Just a little research is needed.

Books:

  • When They Call You a Terrorist A Black Lives Matter Memoir – Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World – Layla Saad
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo
  • How To Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

Documentaries:

  • 13th
  • The Kalief Browder Story
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  • The Hate U Give
  • When They See Us

There are so many great guides on being an Ally, please do go visit them and support them. Accounts on Instagram such as @shiftingtheculture and @mireillecharper are a great place to start.

Black Lives Matter is global, this is not just “an American” thing, this is not something White people need to avoid. White people, we may make mistakes, we may stumble and worry, but we can get back up and challenge ourselves to be better and do better. Don’t be afraid of saying the wrong thing if you are actively working on doing something right. Sign petitions, donate, attend peaceful protests and make signs with your children.

I am educating myself each and every day, as well as educating my son. I am learning something new with each book I read and documentary I watch. We must continue to work on change.

Top Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash and Bottom Photo by Donovan Valdivia on Unsplash

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