Allyship With People Of Colour: Where To Begin
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or despondent over what is happening in America right now, here are some resources you can use to channel those emotions into something productive: deepening your understanding of racial injustice and acquiring new tools for being an effective ally to communities of colour.
There’s no denying that this article is the byproduct of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis this week, but we can’t fool ourselves into thinking that systemic racism is an “America” problem. If we are willing to acknowledge the pain felt by Black people in the United States, then we must also be willing to acknowledge the pain felt by our Muslim, Asian and Latinx (this is not an exhaustive list) brothers and sister. Not to mention the structural inequalities that still exist between Pākehā and Māori, despite Te Tiriti o Waitangi, like police charging Māori at higher rates than Pākehā for the same crimes, or Māori being at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19 because, as Tarapuhi Vae’au said, “Oppression has more of an impact on our health than our genes.”
It can be hard to know where to start, but it’s important that you do. That you start somewhere. Anywhere. Even if – and maybe especially if – it means starting with discomfort.
BOOKS + ARTICLES
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Roxanne Gay “On Making Black Lives Matter” | Marie Claire
Ibram X. Kendi “The Heartbeat of Racism Is Denial” | The New York Times
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The Conscious Kid (@theconsciouskid). An incredible resource for families, this page is dedicated to parenting and education through a critical race lens.
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle (@rachel.cargle). Activist Rachel Cargle uses her rapidly-growing Instagram platform to talk about racial politics and injustices within feminism. She also has an online learning community called The Great Unlearn, where each months he brings in an expert to guide you through “unlearning our whitewashed colonised understanding of the world.”
Chrissy Rutherford’s IGTV “It’s Not Enough To Just Say I’m Not Racist” (@chrissyford)
Check Your Privilege (@ckyourprivilege). A no-bullshit social media guide curated by author Myisha T. Hill on how to dismantle your relationship with power, privilege and racism.
Courtney Ahn Design (@courtneyahndesign). Ahn uses her talent to illustrate clever designs that engage her followers in uncomfortable conversations around race and, in particular, white privilege.
Mireille Cassandra Harper’s (@mireillecharper) Twitter thread “10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship”. Practical advice on how to be
Good Ancestors. Hosted by anti-racism educator and best-selling author Layla F. Saad, Good Ancestors is a series of interviews with change-makers and culture-shapers on what it means to be “a good ancestor”. Start with Episode 17: Jasmin Kaur on Healing and Reclaiming Identity.
Code Switch. A podcast created by a team of NPR journalists of colour exploring the way race is infused into every single facet of daily life. Start with A Decade Of Watching Black People Die (May 29, 2020) and A Thousand Ways To Kneel (May 30, 2018).
Still Processing. A culture podcast by the New York Times, hosted by Jenna Worth and Wesley Morris, exploring the racial and cultural repercussions of the things we consume: TV, movie, music and memes. Start with Being Black In The Age of Wokeness (May 25, 2017).