I’ve been quiet on here this week as I focused on my other social media accounts to help raise awareness, and get my thoughts together enough to write. I know now that I shouldn’t have waited this long to use this platform I have.
Over the past few days I have been educating myself on my White Privilege and how I can become an ally to help spread awareness and use my voice in support. I know that I can never understand what black people go through daily, or even fathom how the colour of your skin can endanger your life – but through understanding this White Privilege that I have I can use it to become an ally in support.
How to use White Privilege:
- Change the way you think:
Challenge that false narrative you’ve been fed through tv shows, films, the news and media.
- Call out problematic racist remarks:
How things like this are still getting by in 2020 is beyond me. It is so important that you call out friends and family for comments they say, no matter how uncomfortable.
- Amplify black voices:
Don’t just do it because there was a blackout Tuesday – it should be something we aim to do all the time. We need to recognise black artists and creators and give them the proper credit – as well as supporting black-owned businesses to help them reach audiences.
- Speak up about the lack of representation:
Watch the brands you buy from, the companies you follow, the parties you vote for, the media you watch. We need to bring attention to the lack of representation, call them out and inflict real change.
- Educate your white peers:
We need to be educating ourselves on racism and find our own materials – support each other and help each other learn.
I can’t even begin to write how angry and upset I am with the racist events that are happening in America. I wish I could do more, and I wish I could be out protesting with everyone – but I will support and raise awareness the best I can. In order to extend my education on these matters, I have purchased some of the following books and I urge you to read some if you can.
How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad
Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
Hood Feminism, by Mikki Kendall
White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo
Freedom is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Davis
Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-lodge
The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Movies / TV Shows to Watch:
When They See Us
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
I Am Not Your Negro
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
If Beale Street Could Talk
I will be making my way through these lists and if anyone has any recommendations, then please let me know!