I had the book "Me and White Supremacy" already bought, but it is a tough piece of work like any form of sincere and honest personal transformation. So I have been tiptoeing around it for months. After the murder of George Floyd, I finally stopped reading bits and pieces and sat down writing my journal and doing the work.
So if you feel shocked, angry, sad, horrified, guilty - any feeling that you can use to fuel action and you ask yourself what you can do now with that energy here are some Read more…tips that I compiled for myself. Ultimately you need to educate yourself, and this will be your journey. These are some starting points:
Listen, learn, educate yourself:
Listen to BIPOC voices. Some accounts I follow on Instagram are: , Layla F Saad, Light Watkins, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Lama Rod Owens, No white saviours I also support Aja Barber and Rachel Ricketts on Patreon.
Work through "Me and White Supremacy" by Layla F Saad. This is a 28-day workbook. Not fast, not easy but truly transformative and necessary.
Every Tuesday at 2 pm CET we are hosting a workgroup to talk about some chapters in the book and what came up for us.
Donate. I chose a monthly donation, so it's also an ongoing financial commitment.
Attend protests - while doing so please also make sure you keep the safety distance and wear a mask. The coronavirus is also still out there.
In all of those cases first listen and learn, respect the places and spaces. Most of the pressing answers have already been answered and you'll get there with a bit of patience.
That's what I can think of at the moment.
Listen to the ones who have raised their voices like writers, activists and educators, be grateful for the work they've done to educate us and learn.
As a team here on happiness.com, we talked about the urge to do something and also performative allyship, especially when the actions come from brands. So we decided that only the ones who want to will talk about what they honestly and wholeheartedly engage in. I ask you to do the same when commenting on this topic. Let's concentrate on real change instead of the "would have", "should have", "will" that only creates the illusion of doing something. How are you contributing?