It’s Time For Growth & Change. It’s Time To Listen & Learn
Over the last week I have been doing a lot of thinking, a lot of educating myself, and a lot of listening. I recognize my privilege as a white woman but that doesn’t change the fact that I want to be an ally. This is something I want to do to help the Black Community– I want to support in any way that I can. I am proud of our country and communities for making the stand that it has and the peaceful protests that have been taking place. It speaks volumes as to how much change that is still needed but it also speaks volumes to how powerful peoples voices are and what can be heard from what they say.
I have challenged myself to educate myself on white privilege, anti-racism, and racial justice. While I have never intentionally made racist comments or actions, I’ve also felt this past week that I also haven’t been actively anti-racist, and I want that to change. I want to do better. I want to learn and grow and make a difference.
Instagram has been a great tool to help educate myself, hear different perspectives and find resources for organizations and people to support as well as voices to listen to. But it can also feel pretty overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. So I wanted to share a bunch of different and helpful resources, from influential voices to listen to, organizations to donate to, books to read, businesses to support, movies to watch, and content creators to follow. If y’all have any other suggestions about any other people or books or movies or organizations to look into, please comment down below.
~Loveland Foundation | @thelovelandfoundation | Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. The Loveland Foundation’s effort is to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color–through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve.
~The Advancement Project | Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, the Advancement Project exists to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy.
~Black Lives Matter | @blklivesmatter | Black Lives Matter Foundation’s mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy.
~Every Mother Counts | @everymomcounts | Every Mother Counts is a company dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women – no matter your race, age or ethnicity.
~The Conscious Kid | @theconsciouskid | The Conscious Kid is an “education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth.” They partner with organizations, schools, children’s museums to promote access to children’s books focusing on underrepresented and oppressed groups.
~Equal Justice Initiative | @eji_org | EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. They work with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment…and they are committed to changing the narrative about race in America.
Like I said at the beginning of all of this, I am by no means any kind of expert. But I am committed to learning from people in the Black Community, hearing their stories, and making changes in my own life and in my own home. I’m committing to be better. I am dedicated to continue to listen, grow, learn, and change and I want to be an ally in any way that I can.
If there are any other organizations, businesses, restaurants, books, movies, shows, people to look into, I would love for you to comment below and share other black-owned businesses or accounts to follow or organizations you feel passionately about! Let’s keep the conversation going and all help each other make changes!
As always, thank y’all for stopping by and reading. I will see y’all back here next time.