George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin. The Black people killed in America throughout the centuries, of whom we may never know their names.These brutal murders are rocking America as protesters across the country are standing up and fighting for their beliefs. Black lives matter.
I know very little about Black history and current events, aside from what is on my social media feeds. To be a better Anti-Racist, I’m starting from the ground up. I want to know more about Black history, especially the Civil Rights Movement. I’m starting with the Open Yale Course titled African American History: From Emancipation to the Present, taught by Dr. Jonathan Holloway. In addition, I was sent this online directory titled “Anti-Racism Resources for White People” and I will be working through the items after I finish the Yale course.
I encourage you to look at and learn from these resources, too. Remember to respect the space (both online and in-person) of Black people. If you can, please donate to the individuals you learn from- look for their Ko-Fi, Patreon, Venmo, and Paypal accounts for you to give back and pay for their work and efforts. Redistributing wealth in reparation for generations of abuse is an important part of Anti-Racism work.
I’m learning more about my place in this moment. I want to be able to contribute in meaningful ways and not participate in performative allyship. Learning more about what has happened, and is happening, is my priority. My next priorities are activating my local & state government to combat racism by making it easier for Black individuals and families to access assistance programs and community resources, providing funding for assistance programs and community resources, defunding the police, and outlawing the use of tear gas in Pennsylvania. We have a lot of work to do, and I’m working on my part now.