This past week has brought about an immense awakening in our country, and for some, this is the first time they are committing to take action in the endless fight for racial and social justice here in the United States—it’s the first time they’ve begun to understand what #BlackLivesMatter is all about.
For parents, this work is especially important as we attempt to raise the next generation to be better than us. And as we talk to our kids about race, increase the diversity in our toys and books, and work toward changing the social landscape of America for our little ones, we know that first, we need to take on the work of becoming anti-racist for ourselves.
This is not a comprehensive list by any means—it’s a place to start. It’s a place to turn off the noise and tune into the words and perspectives of Black Americans as they take on the heavy emotional burden of letting us into their experiences in this country.
What comes next is action—in the form of community outreach, education, and funding causes that support this work. We can’t just talk about it. We have to act on it. For our Black friends and neighbors who have been shouldering this weight on their own for far too long.
On Racism in America:
On Being Better Allies:
11. Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism—From Ferguson to Charleston
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@kthpupp [image: tweet by @kthpupp that reads: “Whether you like it or not, this year will be written in history, your children will be educated of these events. They are gonna ask you what you did, wouldn’t it be embarrassing to say to your own children that you did nothing because you were uncomfortable.”] #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery
On Being a Black Parent in America:
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Free bonus material • Now available over at The Great Unlearn (link in bio) • I created this free document to guide readers through gaining knowledge of various heartbreaking cases of police brutality and murder in the United States. • This document is to be used like a syllabi — an introduction to the work but not the work its self. Value to the black community is not simply in the knowledge you gain but the action you take to ensure black bodies are protected. • Tag at least three other white people and implore that they pursue this knowledge as well. • Knowledge + Empathy + Action. DO THE WORK
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