CONTENTS

Introduction

  1. Individual Level
  1. Healing Our Minds
  2. Healing Our Hearts
  3. Healing Our Bodies
  4. Healing Our Ancestries
  5. Healing Our Spirits

  1. Trainings
  1. Trainings I have taken and recommend
  2. Trainings I have not yet taken but recommend

  1. Financial Level
  1. Organizations to donate to

  1. Organizational Level
  1. Working with your organization(s) to dismantle white supremacy

  1. Community Level
  1. Join your local community’s anti-racism organizations
  2. Protest
  3. Dismantle white supremacy in your relationships with BIPOC
  4. Engage other white folks in conversations

  1. Political Level
  1. Vote
  2. Petitions and Policy Initiatives
  3. #DefundPolice

  1. Misc
  1. Resources that didn’t fit into other sections

Closing


INTRODUCTION

My name is Gabriela De Golia, and I am a white, cis-female, queer pastor-in-training, writer, and activist. I have spent much of the past decade working to blend spiritual practice and social justice (namely, racial justice) efforts. (You can read more about my background on LinkedIn.) I created this document in consultation with others during the 2020 #BlackLivesMatter uprising, which was sparked in part by the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery by police and white supremacist vigilantes. I made this for friends and family who asked me to share resources I have found helpful in my journey from being an oblivious white person to someone actively working towards dismantling white supremacy. My path has included personal learning, professional training, community organizing, political activism, and other forms of racial justice work. While I still have much to learn with regards to race, and while I am indebted to many mentors, I hope my experiences help other white folks engage in anti-racism work more effectively.

Some preliminary thoughts:

I’ll keep adding resources to this document as I remember/discover them. If you have questions or comments or wish to talk more, reach out to me through my website’s contact page. I welcome feedback on how to strengthen this document.

In love and solidarity,

Gabriela De Golia | she/her | MDiv Candidate (2022)


1. INDIVIDUAL LEVEL

(i.e., how to begin your own healing and liberation)

** I highly recommend looking through this section before diving deeply into racial justice work with others. This section will also help you understand the content in the other sections, namely #4 and #5. **

Anti-racism work is, in part, self-work. Yes, anti-racism requires community input and accountability, along with political advocacy and systemic change. But if you’re not clear about what racism and white supremacy are, along with how you yourself contribute to them, your actions could be harmful to communities of color despite good intentions. White people have to work on healing ourselves from the dehumanizing effects of white supremacy to ensure our impact is healing for the collective.

Many people focus solely on gaining an intellectual understanding of racism. While important, that’s only one piece of the puzzle. White supremacy is embedded in our minds, emotions, bodies, ancestry, and spiritual inclinations, among other things. I have thus created sections that address each of these aspects of ourselves below. I suggest approaching these resources in the order listed, but feel free to engage with them however feels best for you.

Healing Our Minds (Intellectual)

These resources are meant to help you develop a better intellectual understanding of racism and white supremacy.

Healing Our Hearts (Emotional)

These resources are meant to help you navigate the difficult emotional landscape one inevitably encounters while doing anti-racism work.

Healing Our Bodies (Physical)

These resources are from Resmaa Menakem, a trauma-specialist who helps people heal racism on a cellular, bodily level. This is arguably some of the hardest (but also most transformative) anti-racism work on an individual level.

Healing Our Ancestries (Historical)

White supremacy has been passed down through generations and functions in part by severing white people from our ancestral/cultural heritage. To heal from white supremacy, we must connect with our history. These resources are meant to help with that.

Healing Our Spirits (Spiritual)

White supremacy is also found within our spirits and spiritual institutions. If you identify as religious or spiritual, I highly recommend finding ways to blend your anti-racism work with your spiritual life. Below are anti-racism resource lists affiliated with faith traditions I am most familiar with:


2. TRAININGS

(i.e., how to deepen your healing and commitment to anti-racism)

Becoming more effective in anti-racism work is greatly facilitated by partaking in trainings led by people who can serve as guides along the journey. Indeed, trainings have been the most potent and effective mechanism through which I learned about white supremacy and how to work towards dismantling it. Their intentional and intimate space, paired with trained facilitators, greatly increased my willingness to absorb difficult information and commit to changing myself and my communities. I have listed various training I recommend below. Most have financial aid options or sliding scale fees.

Trainings I have taken and recommend (***some are happening in the summer of 2020***)


3. FINANCIAL LEVEL 

(i.e., where to donate)

White people have far more wealth than people of color, so a huge part of anti-racism work is engaging in the equitable redistribution of wealth. While many people can’t donate money because of financial strain, especially in the time of COVID, if you’re able to give even just five dollars to any of the following organizations (or other BIPOC[1] groups), it will help them immensely.

If you can, consider setting up recurring donations to help sustain BIPOC organizations over the long-haul. This could mean breaking a big donation into smaller chunks that are spread out over time.

Organizations to donate to

I have only listed a handful of organizations doing national-level, Black-centric work given what is going on in the United States in June 2020. That said, there are many other places that could use your funds, so I suggest doing more of your own research to determine where you’d like to donate, including local-level initiatives in your area.


4. ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL 

(for employers/employees/members of organizations)

** I recommend looking through at least some of the resources provided in section #1 before engaging with the suggestions in this section. **

Helping your organizations (such as your place of employment, house of worship, etc.) become more actively involved in anti-racism efforts is critical to building and sustaining the movement.

Working with your organization(s) to dismantle white supremacy


5. COMMUNITY LEVEL

(i.e., how to further collective liberation and healing)

** I recommend looking through at least some of the resources provided in section #1 before engaging with the suggestions in this section. **

It takes a village to dismantle white supremacy, so once you feel ready to do so, seek out ways to get involved in local community efforts that are dedicated to racial justice. See below for some suggestions on how to go about this.

Join your local community’s anti-racism organizations

Work to dismantle white supremacy in your relationships with BIPOC

Engage other white folks in conversations surrounding white supremacy

Protest


6. POLITICAL LEVEL

(i.e., how to change the system)

In addition to self, community, and organizational work, anti-racism efforts necessitate political engagement to ensure long-lasting, structural transformation that has a wide-reaching impact. Here are some ways you can help address systemic racial injustice in the United States.

Vote 

Petitions and Policy Initiatives

#DefundThePolice & #AbolishThePolice

Black Lives Matter activists are demanding a reduction in funding for (and the eventual abolition of) police departments in favor of funding for community-oriented social services (such as better affordable housing, mental health resources, etc.). This is a crucial part of healing our country’s violent tendencies.

7. MISC.

(i.e., additional resources that didn’t fit into the other categories)

There are many other resources to share with regard to dismantling white supremacy and racism.  See below for some additional ones.

Other great resource lists

These lists include many additional resources, along with people and organizations to follow on social media, other places to donate to, and more.

Ally and Accomplice work

Educational Materials

Other topics


CLOSING

I don’t have much to add beyond what I’ve already said and shared, but I will say that I firmly believe collective liberation and healing are possible. However, they will only come about if white folks do the anti-racism work necessary to get there. That includes working towards our own healing and liberation in addition to alleviating suffering in communities of color. In the words of Aboriginal activist Lilla Watson,

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.

But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine,

then let us work together.”

May we all work towards building a new world in which our differences are celebrated and our humanity is restored. Such a world is possible and she is on her way.

Blessings to you on this journey. In love and solidarity,

Gabriela De Golia


[1] BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and People of Color