What white people can do for racial justice


As crowds cry for change in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, we ask: How long? How long will police brutality against Blacks and other Persons of Color (POC) rage on? How long will racial cruelty go unstopped in our country?

We are reminded of Corinne Shutack’s list, “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice,” posted Aug. 13, 2017, and updated regularly, at Equality Includes You https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234. Here are a few excerpts.

  1. Google whether your local police department outfits all on-duty police officers with a body-worn camera and requires that the body-worn camera be turned on immediately when officers respond to a police call. If they don’t, contact officials to advocate it.
  2. Google whether your city or town employs evidence-based police de-escalation trainings; write authorities to demand the trainings.
  3. More and more stories of black folks encountering racism are being documented. Call the site or organization involved to tell them how upset you are.
  4. Buy your school-teacher friends books that feature POC as protagonists and heroes, no matter the racial make-up of the class. Purchase educational toys that feature POC, such as finger puppets and Black History Flashcards.
  5. Work on ensuring that Black educators are hired where Black children are taught.
  6. Many companies have recruiting channels that are predominantly white. Work with your HR department to recruit Americans who are descendants of enslaved Africans.
  7. Donate to anti-white-supremacy work.
  8. Support Black businesses. Find them on WeBuyBlackThe Black Wallet, and Official Black Wall Street. Also, bank Black. Opening an account with some money is better than no account at all.
  9. Don’t buy from companies that use prison labor. Find a good list here. https://returntonow.net/2016/06/13/prison-labor-is-the-new-american-slavery/
  10. Read up about mandatory minimum sentences and watch videos about this on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM’s) website. FAMM’s website includes work being done at the federal level and state level.

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