Want to help? Not sure how? Here is a list of links to a staggering amount of resources from black scholars, activists, and authors to help us get started.

*Please note-some of these link are Twitter threads. You do not need to have a Twitter profile to read them.

First things first: Do not say “All Lives Matter.” Here’s why.

Blackout 2020: Economic Boycott Day. On July 7, 2020 no one spends ANY MONEY AT ALL. Take a day off of shopping to demonstrate the degree to which black people drive our economy. You don’t have to be black to not shop on July 7th.

Black Lives Matter – the official website. Understand the movement. Donate while you are there.

How to Make This Moment the Point for Real Change by Barak Obama. New post about how to get involved to make real change fueled by the momentum of the protests. Links to his activism toolkit is in the article, toward the end. Includes information on how to make sure your community police department uses community policing. Police your police and VOTE.

Anti-racism Resources. Books and movies for adults and children, and social media

links.

How White Supremacy Shows Up in Organizations

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. A comprehensive list.

Sign petitions! Here are a few.

Me & White Supremacy Workbook by Layla F. Saad. Tool for white people to explore how we benefit from the oppression of people of color without even realizing it. Includes writing exercises.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS THAT DISCUSS RACE & RACISM. Twitter thread.

Another Book List.

Gauge where you are in the process of self-education. A helpful check-in by Michelle Silverthorn, Diversity Speaker:

You want to be an anti-racist. Excellent – here’s an exercise I ask folks to start with when I talk about racism in America. Name Three.
1. Name three Black journalists you read or three Black websites you follow.
2. Name three Black authors whose books have influenced you – and while you’re at it, three people you’ve shared those books with.
3. Name three tenets of the Black Lives Matter movement.
4. Name three aspects of Black culture that you have had to learn and adapt to in order to succeed at your job.
5. Name three racist remarks that you remember hearing, challenging, and you corrected.
1 and 2 are easier for some, 3, 4 and 5 are harder for most, especially 4 and 5.
See, when I say do the work, I mean do the work. And that work starts with you.
If you don’t know the answers, now is the time to learn them. Now is the time to address change. Because it is never, ever too late to begin. This world, and that awaiting our next generation, is counting on you. Let’s go.

DONATE:

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

17 Charities for Black Causes

The Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Legal Defense Fund

Campaign Zero

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Black Lives Matter

Database: Black Women in Politics. Find out who is running in your state and donate to their campaign. Donate to any and all political candidates who pledge to support police reform and equality.

Support the Black Transgender Community

A short list of “Don’ts”:

Do not say “All Lives Matter.” Here’s why. (Yes, this is on here twice. It’s that important and the place where many white people start this journey.)

Do not post pictures of yourself at protests. Being there is the least we can do and is not cause for self-congratulation.

DO NOT post pictures of other protestors, especially black people. Facial recognition profiling is a thing.

Do not post your emotional catharsis on social media. It’s not about you. Don’t unload on your black friends, either.

Catch yourself before doing or saying anything that CENTERS YOU. This is what we do; this is the problem. That’s what makes us Karens.

Instead of using the general term “racism,” say “white supremacy,” which is more specific. Try it; language matters.

Figure out how to help and change on your own or with your white friends. Do not ask your black friends to hold your hand and educate you. They are tired. Abusers cannot expect support from the abused.

We have a lot of work to do. As Layla F. Saad says, “White supremacy is not the shark, its the water.”