Racial Justice Round-Up #7: Thinking, Talking, Doing

This week's round-up I'm looking at how we think and talk about issues related to racial justice and what we DO about them.  Read on for some great articles in both areas...

 

How We Think and Talk About Racial Justice

'Alt-Right' Is Not a Thing. It's White Supremacy - This article calls into question the widespread use in the media of the term 'Alt-Right,' making the case that this is simply a "re-branding" of white supremacy - one that makes it more palatable to the mainstream.

Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional (And 3 Ways to Practice It) - This one straddles both categories, actually.  It provides an brilliant and accessible introduction to what intersectionality is and why it matters and then provides three key ways that people can practice it.  The article focuses on intersectionality from a feminist perspective but the learnings are applicable across the board.

 

What We Do

Weekly Acts of Resistance - Want to take action in response to the hatred and threats to your values happening on the national state but not sure how to choose between the many options of actions out there?  This website provides four actions each week that you can take and instructions on how to take them.

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice - This website, which originated as a Google Doc, has a whole host of actions in a variety of categories that white people can take to work towards racial justice.  

The Safety Pin Box - I'll let their description speak for itself: "Safety Pin Box is a monthly subscription box for white people striving to be allies in the fight for Black Liberation. Box memberships are a way to not only financially support Black femme freedom fighters, but also complete measurable tasks in the fight against white supremacy."

Parenting for the Resistance - A concrete action that parents can take to support their kids in standing up to the hatred and bullying that they may encounter.

This Researcher Programmed Bots to Fight Racism on Twitter.  It Worked. - For those looking to take action on social media, this article describes the findings of a researcher who sought to discover what types of interventions and from whom are most likely to decrease racist behavior online.

 

And then, one last piece for inspiration.  This poem may need to be printed and hung on my wall so that I can refer back to it when things get tough and I need to be reminded of why we'll win.  I was going to include a few lines here to give a taste of it's amazing-ness but there are just too many to pick from - so just go read it y'all.