This page is specifically for a couple people (including myself) who are working Layla Saad’s free “Me and White Supremacy” 28-day program this February (and onward –obviously this is more work than can be done in a month). She often references resources that are readily available in the Googleverse, but for the purposes of collecting these and revisiting as needed, I’m compiling some resources here.
If you’re doing this at the same time as me, you will watch this page grow as I try to make the resources list more complete. Please comment, message me directly on social media, or email me through the contact form here to add items to this list. Please make sure any learning resources you want to suggest are created by BIPOC (Black / Indigenous / People of Color).
I was going to start a free blog for this, but I wanted to make sure all this was in one page, for ease of access. The reason I’ve chosen to put this material on this digital property is because I often passingly reference inequity and racism in drug-related incarcerations. If you stumble across this page and have not started this anti-white-supremacy work in earnest, it’s your lucky day! Right now happens to be the perfect time to begin.
Layla Saad’s “Me and White Supremacy”
This free workbook includes video resources. Don’t skip a word; all of it is important.
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- more coming – reader suggestions welcome
Videos & Documentaries of Interest
- Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy “A Trip to the Grocery Store” – in which she discusses being treated differently than a white woman when paying with a check at a grocery store checkout (3:48)
- 13th – Netflix original documentary (need Netflix access) (1:40:42) – discussing the 13th Amendment, and how it helped America grow, propped up by racist laws and incarceration-for-profit.
- more coming, reader suggestions welcome
BIPOC Educators & Activists to Follow on Instagram
- @laylafsaad also check out her Good Ancestor podcast
- @theandrehenry – artist, musician, activist with an excellent blog on how to TAKE ACTION
Please remember that you will be visiting black spaces while you are learning about these things. Listen and be respectful. Do not ask these people to explain racist concepts to you. You can find explanations on Google, for the most part. If you need to talk to someone about this work, do not burden your friends of color with questions. Donate when you can. Purchase the other works of these authors that are for sale. Attend a paid live or live-streamed workshop, if you’re able. A lot of time and effort was put into these mostly free resources. Support their makers.
Books, e-books, PDF reading
- LIST: 14 Books by Black Authors that are Shaping Our Conversation About Race
- See the “Workbook” section above for Layla Saad’s anti-white supremacy workbook
- Catrice Jackson just released her new book: Unf*ckable With – available here on Amazon
Non-profits and advocacy organizations to support
- Black Lives Matter (no, it’s not a terrorist organization, no matter what the facebook memes have instructed you to believe)
- Check out the list on this page (Showing Up for Racial Justice), which suggests several black-led organizations you can support
- Harriet’s Dream (coming soon) – Catrice Jackson’s non-profit.
- more coming soon
Elect People of Color
I’m heavily biased toward electing women, so here are some general organizations, as well as women of color in politics you should be watching and supporting.
Time and time again while interacting, listening, and reading these materials, it is stressed that (obviously) all the knowledge in the world is not going to help if you’re not actually doing anything. Even giving your money to organizations and individuals is not enough. Talking about it on social media and opening up this conversation with your friends and family is not enough. At the end of the day, we need to be putting our bodies out there in the same way that POC have to put their bodies out there every. damned. time. they leave the house.
In February 2019, when Bernie Sanders announced a second presidency run, Shaun King posted a photo of Bernie chained to black women during a protest. Literally using his body, at risk to himself, to stand up for Black Women. This is what needs to be done. This is the level of commitment we need from white people to begin making reparations for many many years of colonization, oppression, and abuse. Here’s the article about it.
Things you can do to take action
- MARCH: attend a rally or march in your area.
- MEET: show up to a local BLM meeting, or another organization that is working for racial justice
- PHONE BANK & CANVAS: for POC running for office
- ATTEND WORKSHOPS: Run by POC who are providing education and helping deprogram white supremacy; these can be live or online
- CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS: and local agencies when you witness government corruption, inaction, or inequity
- Before you do these things, make sure you’re doing the other work and reading the reference materials so you can understand the appropriate ways to speak and behave when you’re in these spaces.