How to Get Started If You Don’t Know Where to Start

If you’re angry too, if you want things to change in this country, but you’re not sure where to start, here are just a few options:

  • This is a fantastic list of 75 Things White People Can Do to Fight Racial Justice. Pick one. Do it today. Then tomorrow, pick another. Make it even easier for yourself by just going down the list starting at #1. (And you can do this stuff if you’re not white too, but I’m betting I don’t have to tell you that!)
  • Read about race, read books by POC, and talk about what you’re reading with the people in your life. Don’t let money, or physical distancing, be the reason you’re not reading these books. The public library system in the US is amazing, and even if we can’t leave our houses to pick up physical books, we can use the free Libby app to access digital library books.
  • This Anti-racist reading list is a great place to start.
  • If you’ve got kids, here’s a great list of books to read to your kids to foster conversations about race.
  • Listen to a podcast about race. Talk to your friends and family about what you learned. Code Switch is one of my favorites, but here’s a list of more options.
  • Watch 13th. It’s on Netflix. (And you’re probably done with Tiger King by now.)
  • Donate to organizations doing good work. This one takes almost no time at all. If the resource you have access to right now is money, not time, here’s a list of organizations you can donate to.
  • Talk to your kids about race. Do your best to raise anti-racist children. Not sure where to start? Here’s a resource to get you started.
  • Call your representatives and demand change! The 5 Calls app makes it so easy. Just input your zip code and it will give you the numbers of your representatives and even simple scripts for the issues you care about.

Action is the antidote. To a lot of things.

What about you? What action will you take this week?

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