There are a lot of questions people may have relating to Black Lives Matter and how we can support the movement to become better allies and accomplices to our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
According to the 2018 Census Reporter, Josephine County is 87% white. It is no wonder many of us may struggle with knowing how best to support minority Americans, as our own local population gives us few community members to engage with. Just because we don’t see the systemic racism on a regular basis, does not mean it doesn’t exist.
The best thing we can do to become better allies, is educate ourselves and learn more about what brought this movement forward, and how to become true anti-racist allies.
This list of resources may help us all to be better informed, to find ways to support positive change in bringing an end to race based violence and systemic racism.Timeline of Events that led to the 2020 “fed-Up” Rising (This timeline is not all inclusive and is missing many events, but a good place to start.)
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Hint, it has nothing to do with socioeconomics or class status)
“What Is Systemic Racism?” is an 8-part video series that shows how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society: Wealth Gap, Employment, Housing Discrimination, Government Surveillance, Incarceration, Drug Arrests, Immigration Arrests, Infant Mortality… yes, systemic racism is really a thing.Boston Globe – Housing Racism – Researcher expected ‘outrageously high’ discrimination against Black renters. What they found was worse than imagined.
Center for American Progress: How American’s housing system undermines wealth building in communities of color