This is an incomplete list of todos and resources that I’m currently working with as a white woman trying to do better in how I approach race and to truly understand the privilege that I’m afforded every day. Much of the contents of this post is via friends and people I would like to be friends with on Twitter.
Resources I’ve found useful already:
- “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, found via Lauren Michele Jackson’s Slate article “What’s Missing From ‘White Fragility’”
- This thread outlining 10 steps to non-optical allyship* by Mireille Cassandra Harper
- Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
- The Clapback Chest from the BSA, a useful search tool for arguing against dumb and sometimes offhand racist comments
- This thread by Paul Gorski from the Equity Literacy Institute on how attitudes and behaviors of white activists can cause burnout in antiracist activists of color (from research conducted with human rights attorney Noura Erakat)
I haven’t taken part in a protest but would like to recommend “A Guide to On/Offline Protester Privacy” by the Open Source Researchers of Color (OSROC) for those that are or will.
These are a few of the books or texts I would like to but have not yet read, with links to where I came originally came across them:
- “While I Yet Live”, a collection of poetry by Gboyega Odubanjo (origin)
- “How To Argue With A Racist” by Adam Rutherford (origin)
- “Cross-Cultural Design” by Senongo Akpem (origin)
- “Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge (origin)
- “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (origin)
- “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo (origin)
- “Heavy” by Kiese Laymon (origin)
- “How to be Less Stupid About Race” by Crystal M. Fleming (origin)
- “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander (origin)
This is the combined fundraiser bail fund we recently donated to: Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers.
Since we’re SF residents as of about 36 hours ago, we’re going to use this searchable list of Black-owned restaurants in the Bay Area from the Chronicle for take away (thanks to Sam for finding it). If we were still in London, I might refer to this list.
The hardest but probably most important part of all this is the long term plan, step 10 from the thread on non-optical allyship. How do you stick to the research and work after things have died down and it is no longer in the forefront of your consciousness as a white person? I’ve set a reminder for two months from now to check in with myself, we’ll see how it goes.
I’ve barely scratched the surface. If you have reading suggestions or anything that you think might be relevant, please share it with me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Is this whole post optical allyship? I don’t know, but it felt important to write down. More important than most of the other things I archive on my site.
Edited at 5pm PST to add origin links and fix a title.