The news this past few weeks has been filled with police violence and violence perpetrated by white people against Black folks. It is not new by any means, but part of a long, violent, and racist history in America.

In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. –  Angela Davis

Black lives matter. We must keep saying it, and it has to drive action in the world to ensure it is respected and true everywhere. Especially by white folks. There is no neutrality in this – white silence is complict in violence against Black bodies.

This is a call-in to my fellow white folks – if you haven't already, it is far past the time to begin to educate yourself and educate others; to give money to Black folks and organisations supporting them and seeking justice for them; to, yes, sign petitions, make phone calls demanding justice, and if you can, ultimately put your body on the line to protect Black folks. Our whiteness shields us from so much, and we must use that privilege to further justice. We must dismantle the racist structures and challenge the racist ideas reinforcing them.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. – Desmond Tutu

Listen to Black folks, read Black folks, amplify Black folks, pay Black folks, believe Black folks, follow Black folks.

White supremacy must come to an end, and we must end it.

And because it has to keep being said: Black lives matter.

Resources

This collection of resources is only a small fraction of what is out there. Consider this a starting point. Seek out all kinds of media by Black folks and pay them.

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