let’s talk about racism
Today, for the first time in two years, I am not going to use this platform to talk about real estate.
Today, I am going to talk about racism.
The bottom line is – black lives matter.
Honestly, it feels crazy that I even have to say that out loud. To me, there is no question as to whether or not black lives matter. Of course they do. But the reason it feels so “crazy” to me is because I am privileged enough to have never really experienced racism. So I want to start this all by saying that I am absolutely not an expert on how to help put an end to racism. I have no idea how to fight this. That is why I was silent in the past. I had no idea what to do, and frankly I felt like it was not my place as a white, privileged woman to say anything. But I was wrong. And I know now that the more people that raise awareness and call out the BS, the better. So I will no longer stay silent. I apologize for my silence in the past and my tardiness to the fight and I apologize if the way I am standing up for the cause now is done so incorrectly, but I am here and I am using this period of time to listen, learn and act.
With the help of MANY others, I have gathered a few resources to help us all listen, learn and act so that we can help to end the fight against systemic racism. I know the way I phrased that sounds cheesy but there is not other way to put it other than, it just has to end. I know this will not happen over night. People have been fighting racism for centuries and I am sure there will be more cases of injustice, but I am here to do whatever it is I can to help. And, as mentioned above, the more people that can help, the better. So let’s talk about what we can do.
LISTEN & LEARN
There are many people out there who are providing free educational content to help others learn about the truths of racism in our society.
We can learn from others…
We can read…
-“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
-“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
-“How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
-“Stamped” by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
-“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
-“The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
-“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
-“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
– “Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement: Here Is What You Have Missed”
– George W. Bush’s Statement – This was sent to me by my grandmother. She loved George W. Bush and is very proud of the former President’s statement. I hope that you will see the good and the truths in this statement as well, regardless of your political party beliefs.
– Why You Need To Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”
We can listen to…
– I Am Northwest Arkansas Podcast Episode 70
– NY Times Podcast Series 1619
– Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
– Scene on Radio Seeing White Podcast Series
– NPR’s Code Switch Podcast Series
– Our community members who are grieving and hurting
As seen on @NYBucketlist
What can you do to support people of color in your community?
What are your local politician’s policies on ending policy brutality?
When were you taught about race?
How were you taught about race?
How do you plan on helping the fight to end racial discrimination and systemic oppression?
How can you use anti-racist knowledge to change and progress conversations with friends, family, colleagues and peers?
How can you be actively anti-racist instead of simply “not racist”?
Amplify Black Voices
Share stories, social media accounts, messages, etc. March in peaceful protests if you want to. Do what you can and what works for you too.
Be an Ally and Advocate
Be there for each other. Check in on your friends. Be a support system and a pillar of strength for others.
Register to Vote
I will admit, I did not vote in the last election. I am not proud of it. But I will absolutely be voting in this one. If we want to see a change as to how racism and social injustice is handled in our communities, we have to make sure the right people are in office at the local level.
Sign Petitions Demanding Justice
– For George Floyd: http://chng.it/4tc5fz7XsT
– For Breonna Taylor: http://chng.it/CVtNSfq8xd
– For Ahmaud Arbery: http://chng.it/N4rdL7FsW2
– For David McAtee: http://chng.it/SkWYQFbDHg
– For Emerald Black: http://chng.it/hwhkQjxMRQ
– Text FLOYD to 55-156
– Text JUSTICE to 66-8336
– Text ENOUGH to 55165
Send A Letter To Minneapolis Police to Demand Justice for George Floyd
All you have to do is copy the below link, type in your name, where you are from and click send. Everything else is auto generated.
Support the organizations who are working day in and day out for social equality.
– Center for Policing Equity
– Live Free
– Equal Justice Initiative
– Black Visions Collective
– Color of Change
– Unicorn Riot
While I have been working to better educate myself, and amplify the voice of others, I know that I can do more. That is why PK and I have decided to donate to those organizations and businesses that are leading the charge in the fight for justice. PK and myself are committed to matching up to $500 in total donations amongst these organizations. I know it may not be much to some, but it is what we can do right now. So if you are able and feel compelled to donate, please send me an email/text/screenshot with your receipt, and we will match your donation. I will send you a receipt back on our end as well, so that you can see the impact and snowball effect you can truly have in these times. Any bit can make a difference.
I read this on an instagram post and it really resonated with me so I will end today with this.
Some are posting on social media
Some are protesting in the streets
Some are donating silently
Some are educating themselves
Some are having tough conservations with friends & family
A revolution has many lanes – be kind to yourself and to others who are traveling in the same direction
Just keep your foot on the gas
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