SOCIAL VISIBILITY COLLECTIVE
“It is not a racial problem. It’s a problem whether you’re willing to look at your life, be responsible for it, and then begin to change it,” – James Baldwin.
Welcome to the Social Visibility Collective, this is a comprehensive list of resources created for those who would like to expand their allyship and knowledge in race based discrimination and social injustices (hopefully everyone). The resources are organized by four major categories: Evidence, Perspective, Action, and People to Follow. And within each category, it is subdivided by forms of media including: TV/Film, Videos, Articles, Podcasts, Books, and Art to appeal to however you like to consume information.
The four main categories cannot coexist without the other. Meaning, it’s more valuable to go over every category evenly, than going over one category excessively. The google doc is best formatted through a laptop, not your phone.
This particular document focuses on the discrimination of Black communities in the United States. And in the future, we would love to extend this project within other marginalized communities and identities. SVC is a LIVING AND BREATHING document, meaning that it will constantly be growing and expanding. If you believe that there are valuable sources that are missing from this list, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Many beautiful people contributed to this project and as we share this FABULOUS, extremely organized document that took a lot of time and emotional energy to compile with you, we also invite you to share this resource, share this knowledge, and share these difficult conversations with the people around you because it is important and frankly, it is time to do so.
Dismantling the habits of your mind is hard and will take time.
It’s not a race, it’s a marathon.
A comprehensive glossary of words and terms that are commonly used within the conversations of Social Justice to familiarize yourself with. If there is a word/phrase that you see or hear in the resources that isn’t listed, please look it up.
!!!!!!!!!IF YOU ARE WHITE !!!!!!!!!!!
The below is a necessary introduction that will help guide you through the rest of the document. PLEASE
READ, WATCH, and REFLECT before proceeding.
(QUESTIONS TO GUIDE YOUR REFLECTION FOR EACH SOURCE ON THE NEXT PAGE. GRAB A JOURNAL BITCH, IT’S ABOUT TO BE A BUMPY RIDE)
“Why ‘I’m not racist’ is only half the story | Robin DiAngelo” Big Think
“What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo” Teaching Tolerance
“White Privilege- Racial Equity Tools” Peggy McIntosh (Article)
“Hello Privilege, it’s Me Chelsea” Chelsea Handler, Netflix (Doc. Film)
A list frequently mentioned by sources. These sources will also be repeated throughout the list in their appropriate categories.
The following links present factual data of institutions that have cultivated and strengthened the systemic racial divide in the US. Backed by the legislative actions of the government, a variety of institutions (prison, education, economy & more) are organized as impenetrable structures that intentionally oppress and disadvantage individuals in Black communities.
The following links provide a preliminary insight on how institutional oppression, blatant racism, and microaggressions affect Black individuals. Through Blackness, in addition to other identities (women, queer, millennial), the sources illustrate how Blackness is not just a color of skin, but a permanent marking deemed as “other” or “lesser than” perpetuated by society.
When navigating through non-profit organizations we highly recommend reading their mission statements and familiarizing yourself with the website. Many of these websites share multiple ways to “act”, whether that means donating, attending programs or rallies, or a step by step guide to contacting your state’s representative. These websites also have social media platforms, so don’t hesitate to follow them to continue receiving up to date information.
This information may get overwhelming, but please remember that being inactive is actively choosing to be a part of the problem.
Organizations Advocating for Black Bodies:
Organizations Advocating for Black Bodies with Specific Causes:
REGISTER TO VOTE!!!!!!!!
I’M SCREAMING THRU THE MFN COMPUTER. Get involved at a local, state, and national level. Figure out what policies are important to you. & KEEP YOUR CANDIDATE ACCOUNTABLE!!!!
PEOPLE TO FOLLOW
“To Whom It May Concern,
I think it’s important for white people to know in their journey to waking up that there is no amount of money that can adequately repay all the debts and relieve the depths of those oppressed. There will never be too many donations one can make, there’s no paid in full. I encourage you to understand the mission statements of organizations such as Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and the National Action Network to educate oneself with acquired resources. All of these accessible sites have donation buttons, but to be educated is to take it seriously and respond responsibly while moving forward with knowledge that is mindfully anti racist, queer affirming, and proto- feminist (while we’re at it). Support the black businesses, although we can argue the capitalist practice is still embedded in such things, as long as money is what we feign. That is the real work, it’s in the quotidian. We’re creatures of habit. How we speak, how we think, how we move is a reflection of the patterns that are woven into our being. We were given this world, we didn’t make it, but we continue to create it and it’s jaded. To be educated is to take responsibility for the space you take, the patterns you make and impress into the world. Worlding, world-making is a practice who’s maintenance is never fully unfurled. It’s really up to you how you participate as long as you concentrate on the qualities inside of you - instead of waiting for someone to tell you exactly what to do, you’ll know what to do at the fence of defense for someone whose life matters too.”
Curator: Symone Holliday
Original Contributors: Malcolm Reynolds, Indigo Sparks, Shauna King, jags, Breyanna Maples, Kelly Turner, Alexis Amundarain, Rotita Dupree, Thom White, Imani Michael, Mac Boucher, Damontae Hack, Antonio Boone