We are currently living in a historical moment because of the coronavirus and the measures that result from it. But certainly also because of the Black Lives Matter movement that is currently active in many countries all over the world.
The past few days I have often come across the following statement on social media: “it is not enough to silently not be racist, now is the time to be vocally anti-racist.” People are called upon to speak out and to talk to other people about racism. Family, friends, colleagues, but it is a complex subject. To express yourself correctly, but also to get a grip on the problem, as a white person it is necessary to become aware of the white privilege. And perhaps teaching yourself is the most effective way to do so.
We live in a privileged time, in which we have endless resources at our disposal. But in that endless stream of information you have to start somewhere. There are many initiatives online already. Here are some short lists and tips that will hopefully help you gain more insight in the problem:
- Why we hate (Dplay)
- When They See Us (Netflix)
- 13th (Netflix)
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)
- Explained – Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix)
To follow on Instagram:
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If you are looking for more sources, please take a look at Anti-racism resources for white people. In this document you will find many more books to read, documentaries to watch or music / podcasts to listen to.
Talk to your environment about it, try to become aware of your own behavior but also take the time to ground yourself. The information you see or listen to is heavy, it is very good that you take it on and take the time to deepen and educate yourself. But it is also important to take care of your mental well-being. By taking good care of yourself, you are then able to make a valuable contribution to the fight against racism!
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