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Its Time To Listen, Learn & Reflect

It's Time To Listen, Learn and Reflect.

We write to you acknowledging our privilege, acknowledging our lack of understanding, and most importantly acknowledging the evident hurt that is happening amongst the Black community. We as a company want to actively learn how we can be better allies to the Black community. We want to be intentional about using this platform to amplify the voices of those in the global fight against racism. 


As we go on our journey in learning how to be better allies, we will continue to share with you all what we learn along the way and we encourage you to join us on our journey. The purpose of this blog is to actively listen and learn together.  


LETS SHARE RESOURCES:

 

ORGANISATIONS TO DONATE TO:

BLACK VISION COLLECTIVE

Social justice organisations that aim to centre their work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally developing Minnesota's emerging black leadership.

RECLAIM THE BLACK

Coalition that advocates for & invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighbourhoods.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Black Lives Matter Foundation is a global organisation's and a call to action to respond to anti-black racism.

NAACP

One of the largest U.S based grass-root organisation that aims to create a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. 

STEPHEN LAWRENCE CHARITABLE TRUST

UK based organisation whose vision is to create a fairer society in which everyone, no matter their background, can thrive. Works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

PETITIONS TO SIGN:

Justice For George Floyd
https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd

Justice for Breonna Taylor
https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
https://www.change.org/p/glynn-county-distric-attorney-justice-for-ahmaud-arbery

*If you are international and aren't able to sign here are some zip codes to use: 90015 (LA California) 10001 (New York City) 75001 (Dallas TX)*

 

USEFUL CONTENT TO WATCH:

MOVIES

When They See Us (True crime docu series - based on the Central Park Jogger case. 5 teenage boys wrongfully convicted of a crime that they did not commit)

Explained: the Racial Wealth Gap (to understand the concert of “white privilege”) 

13th (documentary - analysing the criminalisation of African Americans and US prison boom)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Film based on James Baldwin's 1974’s novel. This drama film follows a family and tells the there story of a wrongful arrest)

 

YOUTUBE

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protest, Ahmaud, & Amy Cooper (The Daily Social Distancing Show)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c

Systemic Racism Explained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ&app=desktop

Brene Brown on Empathy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

A Mindful Approach to Race and Social Justice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DPw09eTa7o

Dr.Robin DiAngelo discusses “White Fragility”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU

 

BOOKS TO READ:

  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • I'm Still Here Austin Channing Brown
  • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
  • Mindful Of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King
  • This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

 

QUESTIONS TO REFLECT ON:

How are you actively listening?
Active Listening; fully concentrating on what is being said rather than just passively 'hearing' the message of the speaker.

How can you use anti-racist knowledge to change and progress conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and peers?

How can you be actively anti-racist instead of simply “not racist”?

How do you plan on helping the fight to end racial discrimination and systemic oppression?

 

ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW:

@wetheurban
@dazed
@privtoprog
@I_d
@Novareidoffical
@tamikadmallory
@ebonyjanice
@rachel.cargle
@monachalabi
@jemelehill

 

CONCLUSION:

Let's better show up for the marginalised communities around the world, specifically the black communities. Let’s engage in the necessary learning and unlearning around racism, prejudice, and injustice. 

It's time to LISTEN, LEARN, & REFLECT.

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