To black visitors of this site, I stand with you.
To nonblack visitors, I urge you to pause and take a moment to reflect on your role in perpetuating anti-blackness.
Anti-blackness takes on many forms. Be honest and ask yourself if you've ever done any of the following (just a short list of common examples):
- Felt uneasy when walking by a black person on the street.
- Met a black person and assumed that they were less educated, less capable, or felt that they didn't belong there because of their race, skin tone, hairstyle, dress, or gender expression.
- Passed over a black job or rental applicant because of their race.
- Turned a blind eye to your friends', family's, or coworkers' racist comments and jokes.
- Referred to a predominantly black part of town as "sketchy."
Most people aren't overt racists. But our everyday patterns of behavior continue to contribute to a perpetuation of white supremacy in the United States. You should fully understand that anti-black acts that you and your social circle engage in or tolerate are part of the same system that has led to mass incarceration and police brutality in the United States.
I'm not innocent myself. I've been complacent in the past in not addressing racism amongst my friends and family. That ends today, and I encourage you to do the same. Change doesn't happen overnight, and it doesn't happen comfortably. Part of the process is acknowledging your own racism, and consciously acting against it in everyday situations and interactions. No one wants to admit that they're racist, but one can't change their behavior if they don't acknowledge their own problems.
Now is the time to educate yourself and to use your privilege to actively contribute. You aren't the ones fighting for your very right to exist; the least you can do is at least listen, understand, and engage in your own meaningful capacity.
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White supremacy is a system of structural and societal racism which privileges white people over everyone else, regardless of the presence or absence of racial hatred. White racial advantages occur at both a collective and an individual level. We just updated this chart, which presents *some* of the ways people practice and reinforce white supremacy that they may not be aware of, or even think of as “white supremacy”. If you are unsure of what any of these terms mean, please feel free to look them up. There is an abundance of scholarship and research on each of these things. Image Source: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (2005). Adapted: Ellen Tuzzolo (2016); Mary Julia Cooksey Cordero (@jewelspewels) (2019); The Conscious Kid (2020). #AntiRacism #AntiRacist #TeachersOfInstagram #WhitePrivilege
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7 Ways Non Black People of Color Perpetrate Anti-Blackness by Palmira Muniz on @thebodyisnotanapology digital platform. 1️⃣ Anti-Black dating preferences. 2️⃣ Being culturally appropriative. 3️⃣ Showing resentment towards the Black Lives Matter movement and pro-Black progress. 4️⃣ Falling victim to colorism against darker people. 5️⃣ Trying to strip away Black people’s complex identities. 6️⃣ Engaging in microagressions and stereotyping. 7️⃣ Saying the N word. #SouthAsians4BlackLives
Steps you can take:
- Have a critical discussion with your friends and family about racism and why the Black Lives Matter movement is important and valid.
- Actively confront your own internalized racism.
- Refrain from calling the police on black people.
- Donate to black-owned organizations.
- Spend time every day reading critical and important writing about racism, privilege, police brutality, and American history. This will aid you in having important, effective discussions with those around you. Arm yourself with the facts. Google is a click away.
- Follow Instagram and Twitter accounts that aim to educate and spread resources.
- Hire. Black. People.
Helpful Links and Reads
Posts great, accessible resources for educating yourself and others on the important complexities of racism and privilege.
Design is Not Neutral
If you are a creative professional, understand the space that you work in and the impact you have.
20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now
A great list of practical ways for Asian Americans to combat anti-blackness in their communities.
A Brief History of Slavery and the Origins of American Policing
A short read to understand how modern police departments descended from slave patrols.
Trump’s policies have enabled police violence against black Americans
Read up on how the Trump administration has further enabled police brutality.