When I said “this is 2017” yesterday, regarding racism in America, it was not with any sense of surprise or shock. It was said because for some reason there are people out there who are still surprised and shocked by this, and I wanted to grab their attention.
If you’re still grappling with the reality of race in America and your Free To Be illusions were shattered in November and you don’t know what to do with your feelings and your privilege, I recommend Nice White Ladies as a place to start learning, start listening, get called in and figure out how to get out of the way.
If you want to know what actions are going to actually help people of color in this fight against racism, systemic bias and systems of oppression, I recommend Safety Pin Box. They amplify black voices and offer actionable items that white people can do to support black communities and activists, right now.
SURJ has local chapters that work in conjunction with partner organizations for accountability in the fight for racial justice.
It’s okay to be where you are. It’s okay to have room to grow. It’s okay to be on a learning curve, to be overwhelmed, to do it wrong, to get called out on that, and to have feelings. Don’t stay stuck there. Keep going. We really need all of us to be standing up right now.