Learning to unfreeze and move to support Black Communities

  • We realize that it takes deaths and protests to shock us into action — and then feel guilt, shame, and defensiveness about how blithely ignorant we’ve been to the realities of being Black in America.
  • We start looking for resources and don’t know where to begin because there’s just so many.
  • We want to help but are terrified that our mistakes just might make things worse.
How to move forward and the do’s and do not’s of each stage.
  • Non-Optical allyship: Mireille Cassandra Harper defines what it is and what to do instead. See #7, in particular.
  • Performative allyship: Kristin Mae outlines what it is, how to recognize it, and how to avoid engaging in it.
  • Mistakes we make: Michelle Kim’s 30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday includes concrete examples of actions we should stop engaging in.
  • Calling in: Sian Ferguson explains the difference between calling in vs calling out and how to decide what’s the right approach.
  • BYP100: Member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people.
  • Groundswell Fund: WOC + transgender POC-led foundation that provides grants to drive improvements to economic, social, and racial justice.
  • Third Wave Fund: National fund that supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism to advance communities of color and low-income communities in the US.



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