TL;DR - my commitment & heaps of anti-racism resources relevant for almost everyone I know further down this post. “Anti-racism work is not self-improvement work for white people. It doesn’t end when white people feel better about what they’ve done. It ends when Black people are staying alive and they have their liberation.” - Rachel Cargle
We have all been socialised and conditioned within a white supremacist system.
As a white person, I have privilege that I was born with because of the colour of my skin.
By staying silent and turning a blind eye, we are part of the problem.
It’s our job to recognise our privilege and use our voices to speak up and do our work to be part of the solution.
As Will Smith said “racism isn’t new it’s just being filmed.”
Right now is a pivotal moment where we can take this momentum and enact real change.
I stand against racism, against systemic oppression, against racial injustice, against white supremacy, against staying silent.
I stand for inclusion, for equality, for justice, for human rights, for decolonisation, for empathy, for liberation, for unity, for active allyship, for listening, for learning, for informing and educating myself and other white people, for taking practical steps in dismantling the system, for being sensitive to the needs of those that are suffering, for learning from my mistakes, for love.
Let’s stand together.
The very least white people can do right now is educate ourselves and share what needs changing and what we’re learning.
Please do not ask anything from black people when you do this work.
Here are a bunch of resources that are getting me started on my own listening, learning and un-learning journey…and I hope some of them help you too. Please feel free to share other useful resources here, and I can add them to the list. //Link to resources in comments and bio