Jun 1, 2020
Dear GHY Family (that's you!),
Are you heartbroken by the racial injustices happening on our country? Do you want to take action and learn how to be a better ally (or start being an ally), but you don't know where to start? Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Well, we just dropped a bonus episode specially made for you!
This episode was recorded specifically for our white listeners, with steps you can take to show up for racial justice.
We've done our best to list different options ranging from Easy to Medium and Hard (inspired by the book we covered Get Your Life Together-ish).
Of course, this is just a starter list of actions white folks can take to be better allies, so if you have more suggestions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of all the resources we mention in the episode:
If you are confused about the difference between “white saviors” and allyship, and to read a list of frequently asked questions, you can head to https://nowhitesaviors.org/faqs/.
Easy actions to take:
Donate to organizations doing the work:
Follow intersectional accounts on social media! Here are a few to get you started:
Listen to podcasts!
So, Lisa mentions “On Being White” during the episode, but it’s actually called Scene On Radio and the entire second season is dedicated to “Seeing White”, the exploration of whiteness. When I listened, there were only three episodes, but now there are 14! You can start with episode one of season 2, called “Turning The Lens” here.
The rest of these actions are Medium or Hard, depending on your abilities, tolerance and time commitments!
Have conversations with your friends and family. Become vocal.
Read books to expand your knowledge:
Explore your own inherent biases and where they came from. Take The Harvard Bias test online.
Volunteer and get involved with organizations doing the work. Two national examples to start:
Call your reps when you see an injustice, and urge them to hold the perpetrators accountable. Resistbot is an amazing, easy way to do this -- all you have to do is text the word RESIST to Resistbot on iMessage, Messenger, Twitter, Telegram, or to 50409 on SMS to get started.
Volunteer to help black men and women, indigenous people, and people of color elected to office.
In every election, every time.
Do what you can. Act now. Speak up. We're right there with you.
Misty & Lisa