Five groups helping white people be better allies
Another entry into a series of lists — organizations you should know about. Today’s topic: Dealing with white privilege. These groups help white people become realize their own privilege, give them the tools to talk about it, and make us better allies to people of color.
Follow these non-profits on social media, join them for events in your area, and donate to these fantastic groups helping ALL of us be better allies.
This group runs trainings to Confront Systemic Racism, including one geared specifically to educators. I took one of the classes, and it was powerful stuff. Reading, discussing uncomfortable issues, realizing our own mistakes and working through them — it’s something that everyone should go through at least once in their lives. The class is also set up to help you make a plan and start working on sharing that lens with your community: whether it’s confronting racism issues in your own family, your work environment, or within another organization.
Class Action “inspires action to end classism”, looking at the intersections of class and race and building more economic equity. Rather than ongoing classes open to the public, most of their work is running workshops within organizations. Looking to bring a class and racial justice lens to your workplace or community group? These are the folks to do it.
Not as small of a group as the others, but it’s worth mentioning this organization here. If you don’t know them already, Resource Generation organizes young people (18–35) with wealth. They help people own their class privilege, make plans to move their money, and make connections to others going through the same process. They are led by a mix of people with wealth and without, and I believe half their staff are POC. Are you under 35 and make more than $65,000 annually? Then you meet their definition of a young person with wealth. They also have advocate and ally memberships for lower income people and folks older than 35.
Okay, okay, breaking my own rules here, as this is not a non-profit. Safety Pin Box merges Black Lives Matter organizing work with the recent trend of subscription box services. Rather than getting meal plans or beauty products, Safety Pin Box sends you resources and tasks to become better allies. Did you wear a safety pin on your jacket or bag last fall when that became THE symbol of solidarity with BLM? This idea is a better incarnation of that, with real, measurable, meaningful support for black lives. And really cute boxes.
5. Your local BLM chapter
Black Lives Matter has blossomed from a rally cry, to a movement, to a network of growing chapters in cities across the country. They all work towards a set of guiding principles and demands. As a non-person of color, look into your local chapter, and find out where you can support. Note that some chapters are not looking for new members, and they have the right to limit membership to POC. If that’s the case, you should just step back, and let them lead. Maybe the best action you can take is to support them with a donation, and wait for an event that is open to white allies.
I’ll say it again: Follow these groups on social media, join them for events in your area, and donate money to them.
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