How Have You Taken Anti-Racist Action This Week? Here Are Some Ideas to Keep Up the Work

Recently, Breonna Taylor’s name moved down the list of trending terms in social media, even though justice in her case is still unknown (only one officer has been fired upon the publish date of this article). The work of being anti-racist requires action in our daily lives that continues long after hashtags stop trending. It can feel daunting and overwhelming to tackle the big problems of the world when we’re also tackling energetic toddlers to get them dressed in the morning or living with sleep deprivation during those first months with a newborn.

As mothers, we want our children to feel safe and loved. We all want to create a better world for them. Artist, author, and mom Cleo Wade speaks directly to our mama hearts in her book, Where to Begin: “The world will say to you: end racism. Start by healing it in your own family. The world will say to you: how do we speak to bias and bigotry? Start at your own kitchen table.”

 

The world will say to you: end racism. Start by healing it in your own family. The world will say to you: How do we speak to bias and bigotry? Start at your own kitchen table.

 

Change can feel within reach when we can control what we can control in our own homes and grow from there. Here are some ways you can take action (from home) this week.

 

Continue Your Anti-Racist Education

Listen to a podcast, start a new book, or stream a film about racial injustice like 13th or Just Mercy. Watch together and discuss it with your partner or friends and family.

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Seek Out Stories From Black Voices

For non-Black parents, reexamining your own experiences and reflecting can help lead to greater understanding and empathy for those whose experiences differ from our own. Seeking out other voices and stories can help explore conscious and unconscious bias within ourselves.

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Sign Petitions and Make Phone Calls

High-profile police brutality cases like Elijah McClain in Colorado and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky are ongoing. Phone trees to local officials and signing online petitions are some ways to take action from home if you can’t attend a protest.

 

Give to Black Lives Matter Causes

Many organizations are working hard to support BIPOC in our communities and our country. If you can, set up recurring donations to keep up the support.

Read More: Where to Donate to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

 

Read a New Book or Watch a New Movie With Your Kids

Whether you buy titles from a Black-owned business or pick up a few at your local library, books written by diverse authors featuring diverse characters are such a great way to celebrate differences and start conversations about race with your kids. New books released in recent months include Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracist Baby and Gabrielle Union’s Welcome to the Party.

Read More: 50 Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity

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Buy From a Black-owned Business

Including Black-owned businesses as part of your daily life is one more way to support the movement. Make a few part of your regular online shopping and take-out routine to keep your commitment ongoing.

Read More: 6 Black Women-Owned Brands You Can Support Online Right Now

 

 

Find Moments of Joy This Week

This one is for the Black moms, as it’s been written and shared: joy is an act of resistance. Like every mom, you deserve self-care, support, and celebration surrounding the small and the big moments in motherhood. We hope you find your joy this and every week.

Read More: Online Mental Health Resources for Black Women 

 

There is so much to be done to further the movement, but coming back to Cleo Wade’s wisdom, she also wrote, “Do not be afraid to say I know I can’t do everything, but I can do something.” We can all do something.

 

Read More: 5 Ways White Women Can Be Allies to the Black Community

 

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