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Un-Doing Racism Resources

Horrible crimes and racial injustice continue. The true pandemic of racism and hatred that has plagued our society for way too long.

We all carry forward the Trauma of our Ancestors in our DNA whatever color you are. For Whites its the trauma of being the oppressor, of an expectation of supremacy. For people of color its the horrific ongoing memory and effects of slavery, genocide, and institutionalized racism.

We must all heal this trauma on a cellular level that plagues our species.

To make a lasting change, I invite you do your part in being anti-racist.

  1. Do not be silent
  2. Take Action
  3. Interrupt
  4. Stand in Solidarity
  5. Call in and Call out
 

In 2011 I was part of a team of community leaders in an Undoing Racism three day workshop put on by the Pachamama Alliance and facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

The understanding of how Race was created is paramount to understanding what lays at the foundation of the disfunction of systemic racism that we are needing to dismantle and heal and so that we can move forward in a way that is just and equitable.

Colonialism has taken the lives of over 280 million people of color and indigenous people around the world in it’s effort to gain power.

In the building of America, looking back to immigration through Ellis Island it is important to understand that the construct of “race” was created.

Not all white people were considered white when they arrived. Irish, Italians and Jews were the last groups to be assimilated into what America called the “White Race.”

When immigrants arrived they went through and assimilation process. They had programs that were designed to deprogram them of their cultures. People were told how to live, what to wear (not to wear), speak, eat., etc.

By conforming to these rules of assimilation they would be afforded all of benefits of America’s white culture which meant having access to the best education, health care, loans, housing, etc.

In this way the very fabric of industrialized system America was woven. These systems were designed to marginalize and keep black people, indigenous people and other POC from having the same opportunities and oppress our communities through genocide and a new system of slavery via an unjust judicial system.

These systems continue today. While we may think that some of the overtly racist policies may seem to have been abolished. They actually have just been turned into more unseen forms and policies. Furthermore, the consciousness of the expectation of privilege continues to prevail in the collective consciousness.

To undo racism, we must undo this infrastructure, the millions of policies that are still in place.

Until this is done, the privilege that a few experience will always be tainted with the blood and the oppression of BIPOC.

 
 
 
Resources:
 

Image shared from The Sociological Cinema

 

10 Documentaries to watch about race instead of asking a person of color to explain it to you.

Anti-racism Resources https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR2o_cI0kkr1swiTXrFGHpU9zOot64J86b51qQvKcDRaKlboWlDaPgo1TA4

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

“This book is anti-racist (20 lessons on how to wake up, take action and do the work) ~ Tiffany Jewell

Your kids aren’t too young to talk about racism.

antiracism #antiracist #undoracism #undowhitesupremacy

Protesting Safely Tips

Be safe when you're out there protesting 🖤 For folks who are new to social justice actions:

1. Water makes pepper spray worse. Use milk or liquid antacid and water. Don’t wear contacts.


2. If you get tear gassed, when you get home, put the contaminated clothes in a plastic bag for later decontamination and shower with cold water to avoid opening your pores.


3. Come with friends and don’t get separated.

Avoid leaving the crowd and watch out for police snatch squads.


4. Beware undercovers, but beware snitch jacketing and collaborator ‘peace police’ even more.


5. The far right is very good at combing through pictures and doxxing people. Mask up.


6. Write any necessary phone numbers you may need directly on your skin in sharpie.


7. Have an offsite plan for emergencies if you have not been heard from by X time coordinated with someone offsite.


8. Make sure all mobile devices are charged!!


9. If you plan on going to jail, plan it: bail, lawyer, time off from work, witnesses i.e.: a cadre. Don’t just go to jail without training.


10. Beware folks inciting violence. Most of them are police feds. Watch out for hook ups for the same reason. Get to know the crowd. They will set you up.

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