MY PLEDGE TO ANTI-RACISM
As an ally, I pledge to not only acknowledge my white privilege, but also my role in upholding the shameful pillars of white supremacy that have allowed black and brown bodies to be terrorised and brutalised for centuries.
As an ally, I pledge to talk to other white folks to help unravel not just the overt racism that plagues us, but the quiet racism that continues to lock black and brown people out of quality schools, quality healthcare, quality neighbourhoods and overall quality of LIFE.
As an ally, I pledge to check my white fragility at the door and instruct others like me to do the same. I also pledge to listen more to the voices of black and brown people and to not centre my feelings about racism over the acts of racism, both big and small, that black and brown people experience day after day— a lived experience that I can never truly know but can work to understand and help to end.
As and ally, I pledge to take some of the exhausting and free labor that goes into “educating” white people about their privilege while magnifying the true cost of our complicity in propping up white supremacy.
As an ally and a small business owner, I pledge to do better in amplifying the work of black and brown creatives and black and brown owned businesses. When it’s time to grow my own business, I pledge not to speak in platitudes about diversity, but to create a real plan to bring people of colour onto the team while recognising that all businesses are intrinsically more valuable when they are shaped by a truly diverse team.
Finally, as an ally, I pledge to use my white privilege to march, call, donate and agitate legislators to help finally create a system that prevents the senseless murder of black and brown people BEFORE it happens, and offers real justice when it does.
I am committed to the long struggle of black justice. In the coming weeks, months and years, I’ll be sharing tips from black organisers and white allies alike. I’ll share the places I’ve donated and calls to actions to get involved. If you’re a white person and want to be a part of the solution, but feel a bit out of your comfort zone, that’s fine. We’re all going to make mistakes including me— especially me. So if your heart is in the right place, reach out. We can work to be better allies, together.
A few resources I've found very useful are here:
New York Times, 1619.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, By Michelle Alexander
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, By Robin DiAngelo
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, article from Mamamia
Deaths Inside: Indigenous Australian Deaths In Custody 2020, A project by The Guardian.
Selma, Ava DuVerynay
13th, Ava DuVernay
When They See Us, Ava DuVernay
Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
The Black Lives Matter Collection on SBS on Demand
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