The hate and blatant racism I’m seeing on social media this week alone is breaking my heart. It’s 2020 and my black friends are STILL getting racist messages. I’m getting nasty messages for simply showing my support for #blacklivesmatter. I’m sick of it.
I’m tired of sitting around waiting for the world to change. I’m done being in denial that not being racist is enough.
It’s not enough.
We must be actively anti-racist. It’s time to educate ourselves and get familiar with the reality that the black community lives with every single day. We will never fully understand…. I know we won’t. But we can open our minds and we can spread knowledge to support people of color the best we can.
I know it’s hard to know exactly where to start, so my team put together some resources to help. Commit to using some of these resources and sharing them with others. Spark healthy discussions with what you learn and start opening the hearts of others. This is how we do better.
13th — Netflix
American Son — Netflix
Blindspotting — Hulu with Cinemax
Clemency — Available to rent
Dear White People — Netflix
Fruitvale Station — Available to rent
If Beale Street Could Talk — Hulu
Just Mercy — Rent for free in June in the U.S.
King In The Wilderness — HBO
See You Yesterday — Netflix
The Hate U Give — Hulu with Cinemax
When They See Us — Netflix
Be ready to do the work — educate yourself about on going racial injustices.
Focus on the narrative — do not center it around you. Educate those around you — continue to share & repost resources.
Choose action rather than inaction.
Be an ally – correct racist conversations you may hear among family or friends. Discuss why it is wrong.
Check in on your black friends, family & colleagues. Don’t condemn those who may be late to the conversation, invite them to join.
Continue to support — be an ally for the rest of your life, even after the outrage.