Feed Fatigue Is a Privilege—Here’s How You Can Continue Your Anti-Racist Action

For many non-Black parents, the past two weeks have given us an alarming, long overdue wake-up call. Having a diverse kids’ bookshelf, buying diverse toys, or watching Doc McStuffins is not nearly enough if we’re committed to doing the anti-racist work necessary to make the future better for all children. While these small action steps in our homes can help our kids learn about people and experiences outside their own lives, we know there’s so much more that needs to be done within ourselves, our communities, and our country to move society forward.

Black voices are sharing their expertise, personal stories, and concrete recommendations for what to do next. We must acknowledge and appreciate the time and emotional labor that goes into educating those of us who have the privilege of not experiencing racism in our daily lives. Continuing to listen, follow, read, reflect, save, and share resources like the ones below is just a start. Taking further action is a must. Here are some actionable ways to keep going. 

Editors Note: Many of these resources have multiple slides and important captions. We encourage visiting each profile to read them all. We also encourage following and supporting these content creators by sharing, amplifying their voices, and donating to their causes. 

 

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When it comes to social injustices our silence is complicity. The death of George Floyd is the most recent murder of yet another unarmed Black man by law enforcement. Black people in America are tired. As a black mom with black children and a black husband, I’m tired. It’s not enough to say, “Well, I’m not a racist” or “I’m teaching my kids to not see color” (which is a terribly flawed philosophy, even with the best intentions) and believe your job in this fight is done. We have to be proactively anti-racist. We have to teach our children to be proactively anti-racist. As parents raising the next generation this is a responsibility we all shoulder. #MamasGetReal⁣ #BlackLivesMatter⁣ ⁣⁣ Sharing a post with tips and resources on how we can begin to have these discussions and start to peel back the layers of systematic racism. ✨ Link in bio

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During my public address earlier last week, one of the intentional action items I suggested was holding your employer, community or organization accountable for how they are showing up for racial justice. I offered a template for connecting with employers and there was a lot of requests for how to demand accountability from your other areas of your life. Here you can hold your local school district accountable! With this document you can copy, paste and edit for your details, sign and ship it off to the email inbox who needs to see it. • Head to the link in my bio for a free template you may find helpful in addressing the need for accountability from the leaders in your local school district. • Thank you to @tamaralalande and @anna_y8s for volunteering to draft this for our use. We all must do our part in every way that we can. This is work that needs to be enacted in all situations not just upon the death of yet another black life. • #RevolutionNow • If you find value in learning with me please consider joining us over at @thegreatunlearn. Link in bio 🙏🏾 • Tag a classmate, friend, neighbor, colleague and anyone else whom you would like to suggest make use of this document as well. • Edit: you have permission to share this in spaces that may find value in this tool.

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It’s been a really weird week and it’s only Monday. Okay, so I’ll start by saying that I only had room for 10 takes on this. I know you are all busy reading, learning and growing with all of the recommendations we’ve sent your way — thank you! I’m trying to touch on things you can do right now and may not be in the material we’ve directed you to. There are a lot of well-meaning non-Black folks that have the best of intentions that still want to know what they can do better. The list I’ve compiled is really just scratching the surface but there’s no limit to how much I can post in the future — I’ll be keeping these posts coming ☝🏽 I keep getting this question from my non-Black friends so I figured I’d share a small selection of the many thoughts I have for you here.

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Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time. — For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here. — A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to – please go and follow @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @iamrachelricketts, @thegreatunlearn, @renieddolodge, @ibramxk + a few more: @akalamusic, @katycatalyst + @roiannenedd who all have books or resources from many more years of experience. _

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Last week @blackandembodied and I posted a challenge asking for everyone to amplify the voices of melanated folks. This challenge went global with folks from all over the world muting white content creators and choosing to re-share, promote, and listen to our lived experiences, as well as compensate black and brown people for emotional our labor and education. We asked that black and brown folks be centered in the social justice movement work, and now we are posing a call to action!!! Let the #amplifymelanatedvoices challenge extend beyond just a week to “feel good”, but become a lifetime commitment for you, take action, continue to learn, and center black and brown folks in your life! Our voices matter, our stories matter, our lives matter! ✊🏽 #blacklivesmatter Today is not the end, it’s just the beginning!

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Dear white women. For many of you this call to action has ripped you from your comfortable slumber. You’ve seen the hashtags in the past, you’ve shared the videos of dead black bodies on the street and at times been outraged, but the outrage was not enough that you would feel the need to change your contribution to the problem. In fact you probably didn’t even accept your direct affiliation to it. But the recent exposure has shamed and ignited many of you into finally PUBLICLY showing up. It should not have taken the death of George Floyd but here we are. . . I’ve used my writing for years to talk to the hearts of all women. I’ve used my writing for years to boost the morale of my black sisters by writing poetry that crowned her over and over again. I’ve also written words that have honoured my ancestors by telling their historical stories and narrated unapologetically racism’s never ending campaign and though painful and traumatic for me to pen they are the pride of my collection, for they tell my story as a Black woman, mother and daughter of Caribbean immigrants. . . Today whyte women, I have written these words for you. Some of you don’t know where to start, so here are some words to speak over yourself until they become your anthem. Say them out loud. Breathe and get started. The first step will be shaky and you may just fall but get up again and even more determined that white supremacy will begin to crumble on your watch. . . V I 🖤

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