I first saw the idea for this on a fellow something-new-everydayer’s Instagram. She had spent a good part of her day transcribing letters from anti-slavery activists for the Boston Public Library and said it was a really valuable experience. I had no idea people would be able to do something like this from afar, and I shamelessly copied the idea for today.
Reading through these letters and seeing the parallels to today was not an easy experience, but was definitely a valuable one. Those people made their voices heard, and stood up for their fellow man, something that is still absolutely necessary today.
I am a white heterosexual woman, which grants me a huge amount of privilege. The current protests around the world over the death of George Floyd and so many other Black people at the hands of police have served as a call to action for many, myself included. Not only is it time to look introspectively at my own privilege and views, but it’s time to educate others and amplify the voices of People of Colour.
Below are a few useful links to huge lists and resources I’ve found from around the web for people to help with the current protests, and beyond. They are varied and comprehensive lists, and I’ve found them a great way to begin my education.
- This is a fantastic and comprehensive list of resources, links, articles, petitions for people wanting to help and/or educate themselves further, especially for those who are UK based.
- Black Lives Matter have compiled a list of ways to help for protesters and those at home, including a very long list of petitions to sign.
- Forbes have put together a list of anti-racist articles, books, and media as a starting point for people to educate themselves.
- Vox’s advice from activists on how to be a good white ally.
Useful Instagram posts