*I’ve added a dedicated page called Black Lives Matter that is updated when I have new information and resources.*
It’s been a hot minute since my last post.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd a black man was murdered by police in Minneapolis, MN. Someone caught it on their phone and we as a nation watched a man murdered right before our eyes in public. Horrifying doesn’t cover it.
Here are two Gofundme accounts for the family of George Floyd if you would like to help them out:
From this despicable act, protests have taken place all over the country and rightly so. I refuse to tell people who have been systematically repressed, subjugated to violence, and othered because of the color of their skin what’s the “right” way to protest. They are fed the fuck up and as white people who want to change this, we must educate ourselves and do better.
I am a white cis-gendered heterosexual woman. I benefit from the racism that is baked into our society and country. There is much I’m learning about the history of our country that isn’t taught in public schools. I’m learning about and addressing my own baked-in racism and how I benefit from society as it currently stands. I do this so that I can be a better ally.
For those of you who want to be better allies, consider this a resource center of information to educate yourself.
Let’s start by supporting black-owned businesses. Here is a link to over 100 black-owned Esty shops at themadmommy.com: https://themadmommy.com/black-owned-etsy-shops/
Here is a list of Anti-Racism resources: Anti-Racism Resources for White People
Here is a list of 75 Things White People Can Do
Here is a Scaffold of Anti-Racist Resources
This is a downloadable pdf: 26 ways to be in the struggle beyond the streets
From The Root: A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 ‘Fed-Up’-rising
Want a history lesson from a historian who ties the threads from the past to the current events happening? I would suggest you follow Heather Richardson Cox on Facebook for history lesson videos and her daily updates. She has loaded her The American Paradox history lessons on Youtube. They are eye-opening. You can also have her daily updates delivered to your email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are on Facebook, here is an eye-opening history lesson from Nate Morriss. Greenwood Neighborhood in Tusla, OK
Another history lesson from Claire Willett on Twitter regarding COINTELPRO created by J. Edgar Hoover & how it still affects us today (make sure to click on the Show This Thread link so it brings up the whole thing): https://twitter.com/clairewillett/status/1266894029498675200?s=20
Lastly, watch this YouTube video. I’ll let the video speak for itself.