Actions You Can Take Against Racism:
- Take a free one hour Bystander Intervention workshop to stop many forms of harassment and violence, such as anti-Asian/American harassment and xenophobia; anti-Black racism; and anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry. Holla Back! offers these workshops and they are very good. Their mission is to put an end to the harassment and violence that is on the rise these days. They have a page titled “Take Action,” as well as a page of resources to prevent harassment in the workplace, online, and in the street.
- Patronize black-owned businesses. Here’s a list in Seattle.
- You can buy face masks from black-owned sources.
- When possible buy (not only borrow) books by authors of color, for yourself and for your children. Ask your library to buy copies. Give them as gifts. Help boost their sales.
- Check out organizations like Seattle-based Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, and Showing Up for Racial Justice. One size of racial justice organization does not fit all. Still, both of those have resource lists, videos, and more that may be of interest to you.
Check out websites: theroot.com, blerd.com, essence.com, blackenterprise.com, discovernikkei.org, kwelijournal.com, latinosinkidlit.com, remezcla.com, koreanculture.org, thetoolkit.wixsite.com, lakotalaw.org, mixedfamilylife.com, abolitionjournal.org/studyguide, and the many more that exist and may take you out of your knowledge- or comfort-zone. We do not endorsing any of these sites, just recommending the value of seeking out others’ perspectives.
Resources below were provided at The Roundtable on Racism, May 15, 2019:
Presented by the Racial Equity Committee of Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School
Copyright © 2019 Maureen E. McCauley
Here are some basic definitions of a few terms often used in discussions about racial equity. There is a lot of material available; we encourage you to do more research.
Ally vs. Accomplice: An ALLY engages in activism by standing with a marginalized individual or group. An ACCOMPLICE focuses on dismantling the oppressive structures that keep people marginalized, led by stakeholders in the marginalized group. (Source: Teaching Tolerance)
Micro aggressions: Small daily insults and indignities perpetrated against marginalized or oppressed people, including against people of color. Regular exposure to micro aggressions causes a person of color to feel isolated and invalidated. (Source: So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo)
Prejudice vs. Racism: Prejudice is an attitude based on limited information, often on stereotypes, and can be positive or negative. Racism is a system of advantage based on race, a system of oppression based on race, and a system of white supremacy. (Source:
Systemic Racism: How the racist and discriminatory practices of institutions intersect to create a network of opportunity for white people while blocking opportunity for people of color (Source: DismantlingRacism.org). Frequently cited examples are disparities in health care for black women, pay differences/wealth gaps among different races, incarceration rates, suspension rates for black children, access to housing, likelihood of being pulled over by police, and more.
Other types of racism: Casual, structural, cultural, environmental, internalized, institutional, colorism, and more.
White Privilege: Having greater access to power and resources than people of color (in the same situation) do. (Source: Teaching Tolerance) It doesn’t mean that white people don’t struggle, or work hard, or have difficult challenges. It means your skin color isn’t one of the things making it harder. More information at: https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/what-privilege-really-means/
Books (in random order):
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Myth of the Model Minority by Rosalind Chou
Articles (in random order):
Materials from Erin Jones’ talk “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power and History of Words” at the PTSA General Session Jan. 22, 2020
Tonya Mosley: Black in Seattle
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Interview with author
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Anti-Racist, both by Ibram X. Kendi
Kimberlé Crenshaw’s many books, including Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.