I am committed to doing what I can to end racial violence.
With the help of others on the internet, I am compiling a list of resources for white people to educate ourselves on the lived experiences of people of color, and the issues that they face on a daily basis. There are also links to actionable steps you can take to help — organizations to which you can donate, petitions you can sign, and anything else I can find.
This page will be continually updated, so please keep checking back.
Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed by options, we default to not choosing any of them. If looking at this list causes you to feel overwhelmed, I encourage you to take a deep breath and just pick one link to click. Take one action on that page, and feel good that you did something. Repeat that process as often as you are able.
Let’s make a change together.
A Google Doc full of resources, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein. This resource is very complete and well-researched. If you were only going to open one resource from this list, make it this one.
Another great, super well-researched complete list of resources, including safety tips for protestors and guidelines for sharing protest-related content on social media. Compliled by @botanicaldyke
“This list is designed to celebrate all the ways that our communities can engage in liberation. For a range of reasons, there are and always have been folks who cannot attend rallies and protests but who continue to contribute to ending police and state violence against black people. People seek justice and support liberation in an array of ways, yet their bodies, their spirits, and their lives may not allow them to be in the streets. We believe that we will win. And we need the presence of everyone in the movement to do so. We affirm that all contributions are political, militant, and valued. By and for those in our communities who can’t be in the streets, we offer a list of concrete ways that we are in the movement, and that we are supporting liberation every day. We see you. We are you. See you in the struggle”
“This context seems vital for discussions both inside and outside the classroom. The following articles, published over the course of JSTOR Daily’s five years try to provide such context.” By: Catherine Halley for JSTOR Daily
A data-driven site full of visual representations of the instances of police violence across the U.S. from 2013-2019. See how many people your local police department has murdered in that time period. Find out where your local reps stand on police brutality, and more.
“Cops who turn marches against police violence into parades don’t actually want substantial changes to policing.” By Derecka Purnell for The Appeal
In this article, Ryan McMaken explains a 2018 ruling from a federal judge that says that police have no duty to protect citizens who are not in police custody, even if they know they will be harmed. A cop can legally watch you be beaten and not intervene. This is important reading for anyone who still thinks that cops are fundamentally good people who are trying to protect citizens, and that they’re being given a bad name by “a few bad apples.”
“The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.”
Connect with a local chapter near you, donate to support the work they are doing, and/or read over their collection of educational resources.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.”
The Minnesota Freedom Fund is currently bailing out folks who are arrested for protesting in Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd. They also have direct links on their page to other important organizations who could use your support.
A resource compiled by Aaron Rose with ways you can keep yourself and your community safe and peaceful without involving the police.
Campaign Zero is an organization that is committed to ending police brutality through education and legislation.
A very well researched article by Palika Makam for Teen Vogue.
Easy, Free actions you can take:
Don’t call the police
Read the first one again.
Record interactions between the police and people of color on your phone. You might save a life.
Attend protests in your area
Signal boost the stories, opinions, and experiences of people of color by sharing them on your platforms.
Stay educated and informed
Call out racism and hate in your own family and social circle
Share what you learn
De-escalation and intervention techniques
Information on how you can effectively de-escalate violent situations in your day-to-day life
An IGTV video from a former marine. Some of the takeaways: Don’t touch your face, don’t rub your eyes, let your body flush it out. Baking soda water won’t really help.
More resources are coming soon! Please keep checking back.
This page was compiled by Leah MacDaniel. I did not author or create any of the resources listed above, but I did try to make sure the author was apparent and given credit on each resource. The purpose of this document is to create a comprehensive list of resources for white people who want to help in the fight for racial justice, but aren’t sure where to start.