Ways for White People to Combat White Supremacy and Structural Racism
Compiled from many different lists/articles and edited by people of color. Please add to this list and share!
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1. Change your media and read articles by People of Color (PoC) and other marginalized people, and share on your social media.
2. Follow PoC and marginalized folk on social media without taking up space on comment section.
Here is a list of People of Color and/or Immigrants, Muslims, Jews, and LGBTQIA folk:
Black Girl Dangerous (fb), For Harriet (fb), Colorlines (fb), The Feminist Wire (tumblr), The Root, Crunk Feminist Collective, (fb), Huffington Post Black Voices, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice (tumblr), Anti-Racism Media, The Atlanta Black Star, Black Women for Bernie (twitter), Black Voice News (California) (twitter) , The Love Life Of An Asian Guy (fb) , Shaun King (fb) , Peter MGunn (fb) , Southern Poverty Law Centre (fb) ,Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, ColorOfChange.org, The BlackOut Collective, Everyday Feminism, Urban Cusp, Darkmatter, Black Lives Matter Bay Area, Brittney C Cooper, Ph.D., Rahiel Tesfamariam, Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York, Audre Lorde Project, Son of Baldwin, Kinfolk Collective, Kat Blaque, Ijeoma Oluo Jewish Voice for Peace Linda Sarsour Jews For Racial and Economic Justice NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Bend the Arc Jewish Action Rabbi Sharon Brous Jewish Multiracial Network
Realized you don’t know anything about the stolen lands you live on? CHANGE THAT! This resource is essential for educating people on stolen lands in North America -- it's interactive and links to indigenous groups' pages, too: http://native-land.ca/
3. “Donate to orgs by and for marginalized peoples (not some neoliberal savior complex kind of org)! such as blacklivesmatter, audre lorde project, brooklyn community pride center, people’s justice for community control and police accountability, sylvia rivera law project, drum- desis rising and moving up, malcolm x grassroots movement, caaav - organizing asian communities.” (added by Dedunu Sylvia)
Equality Illinois (each state has their own chapter I believe), Jewish Multiracial Network, UCAN, Mothers Against Senseless Killings
This is a great group to give to that gives money directly to black women:
PAY REPARATIONS TO BLACK PEOPLE. bit.ly/2eUMXMM
4. Join or volunteer for organizations led by marginalized people:
“Know how to support and learn without interrupting, dominating the space, or making it otherwise uncomfortable for PoC” -Jerie Choi Ortiz http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/black_led_racial_justice_organizations
In NYC: Equality for Flatbush, BAJI, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Families for Freedom, DRUM, Jewish Voice for Peace, Make the Road
In Chicago: Equality Illinois, UCAN, Center on Halsted, Mothers Against Senseless Killings,
5. Start or join a book club where you read and discuss writings by black authors, like:
Syllabus for White People to Educate themselves with -this is a really thorough resource
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Robert F. Williams
Huey P. Newton
If you are interested in feminism there are feminist book clubs around the country. You can search on Facebook for the Feminist Literary Society.
6. Fight back against Gentrification and join anti-gentrification groups in your neighborhood.
Here’s a list of ways to do that.
Here’s a list of groups that are fighting against gentrification.
7. Attend Anti-Racist trainings and encourage other white people to attend.
Lots of workshops coming up!: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/7092
Push for your workplace/organizations to have anti-racism trainings (e.g. http://aorta.coop/)
8. Read: Peggy McIntosh’s Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack and share with white folk who don’t understand White Privilege.
This video is also helpful for acknowledging and understanding privilege: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo
And also interrogate your own politics of ‘allyship’: https://radicalwashtenaw.org/2015/02/07/a-critique-of-ally-politics/
9. Specifically go to events/shows that feature marginalized people.
10. Spend time listening to marginalized people.
11. Connect with your PoC neighbors and host potlucks to get to know them. Most especially if you are white and live in a predominately PoC neighborhood.
12. Curate diverse shows.
13. Listen to podcasts by marginalized people.
Here is a list of some podcasts by women of color:
And more: -Another Round, Two Dope Queens, Black Girl Dangerous
14. Read books by marginalized people
Here’s one list that I’ve started which names PoC, and/or Women and Gender Non- Conforming artists of all mediums. It is just the beginning. Please add to it.
15. Use your talent and specific niche to offer sliding scale services for marginalized folk.
For example a friend recently mentioned to me that he would offer very low sliding scale options for PoC + queer/trans folk to record their music.
https://www.qwocmap.org Queer Women of Color Media Arts project is a San Francisco based film and social justice organization that nurtures artist-activist leaders to create change through film-making workshops and production services.
16. Support stores that are owned by PoC.
Here’s a list of black owned restaurants in NYC.
18. Speak out publicly against racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and anti- LGBTQIA. Write a letter to the editor. See some tips and a sample letter here. (From SURJ)
19.Talk to other white people about racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and anti- LGBTQIA. That shouldn’t be the work of PoC.
20. Attend Rallies and Protests --without taking up space, without escalating violence which could make it unsafe for PoC
create a shield to protect PoC from the police if they ask.
21. Boycotts - “financial boycotts seem to be a mainstay of pressuring businesses and governments to do something. Hit them in their pockets”. --(from Mzili Ashaki)
22. Teach about Racism in classrooms. This is an extensive resource: http://www.tolerance.org/racism-and-police-violence
23. DON'T call the police
Here’s A VERY comprehensive resource: What to do instead of calling the police
24. Offer to bring food (and water!) to organizers, protestors, and neighbors who are being affected by racialized violence. From here/
25. Check out your city’s hate groups and protest https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map
-26. Offer to walk or drive PoC to and from places if they are feeling unsafe due to racialized violence, or offer a couch for people to crash on if they aren’t safe to go home
-- Note: “Be intentional -- when you mean Black people or anti-Black racism, say Black people or anti-Black racism. When you mean anyone (including but not only Black people) who experiences oppression in a white supremacist system, then say People of Color (PoC). Don’t erase either the specific experiences of Black people with anti-Blackness, or the experiences of other People of Color as distinct and qualitatively different from those of Black people”.) --from Lydia K. Z. Brown
27. Understand how Anti-Semitism incites white nationalism.
(news, fiction, comedy, etc.), contemporary TV is a powerful medium that reaches a lot of people, has the potential to tell all kinds of stories, and it is more likely to change based on audience feedback and ratings. The industry needs a good relationship with its audiences (and with its sponsors who rely on their relationship with consumers - supposedly us) to survive. For starters, and to piggyback on Jesse Williams’ excellent speech at the BET awards, which was supported by Shonda Rhimes - an incredibly prolific and important creator/writer/producer, whose work has already grappled with the issue of racism, white privilege, and representation… so why not try some?
29. Read and Share articles about Anti-Racist activism:
A really extensive google doc for white people to engage.
30. Take the time to explain to your white friends why their silence is violent
31. Brooklyn Zen Center has an Undoing Whiteness and Oppression group, and a People of Color group. Both groups are inspired by the Radical Dharma teachings of Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams and Lama Rod Owens, who are regular guest teachers at the center. Also of interest may be BZC’s Undoing Patriarchy group.
32. Donate to Life After Hate:
The Trump Admin just took away a huge grant from them. Funny enough the woman overseeing this grant is the wife of Sebastian Gorka who has been proudly wearing a medal from the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian nationalist org with ties to Nazi Germany