by Lindsey Turnbull
MissHeard Media believes Black Lives Matter. In order to live in a world where Black Lives Matter, we need to do the work of confronting racism, in our communities, schools, families, and in ourselves.
Racism is so embedded in our everyday society, it can go unnoticed if you do not experience it personally. Just because you don’t personally experience something, does not mean it does not happen. Too often, it is easy to be comfortable, rather than confrontational, meaning that even our own beliefs go unchallenged. Simply put, we must do better.
As Angela Davis said, “in a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.”
White women are seen as worthy of protection and safety where our sisters of color, especially our Black sisters, are not from as young as 5 years old. If you, like me, are white, it is our duty to study our own biases and assumptions, to listen when others speak, to pass the mic to marginalized people, and to stand up against racism and discrimination.
As said by Toni Morrison, “just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”
And, it is our responsibility to do it ourselves, without asking for someone to simply teach us. (You can ask, but look for the answer on your own, first.) It is all of our responsibility to work to create a world free from racism.
Maya Angelou said, “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.”
Confronting racism is a continual process of un-learning, listening, challenging, and re-learning.
Our friend Courtney Harris has compiled a massive resource list geared specifically towards teens looking to learn about anti-racism. This list includes everything from Teen Vogue to TikTok and everything in between.
If you’re looking for a good place to start, this Google doc, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein is chock-full of reading, movies, social media accounts, and resources geared towards white people.
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde
Here is a beautiful and easy to understand article with six clearly spelled out tips, For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies by Courtney Ariel, at Sojourners.
Here is a massive list of resources for anyone looking to support the Black Lives Matter movement, including protests, places to donate, news articles, and more.
Here are some additional anti-racist Instagram accounts to follow:
Rachel Cargle and The Loveland Foundation
Parenting is Political
From Privilege to Progress
Good Ancestor Podcast, created by Layla F. Saad
The Anti-Racism Center directed by Ibram X. Kendi
Check Your Privilege by Myisha T. Hill