Times are heavy, there is no denying it, and if you try to deny it, then it's safe to say you are part of the problem.
Racism has never died in the United States; it's just been highly covered up by the government. If you just take a moment to look around, you'll see with your own eyes that things are in shambles, and ignorance is no longer being tolerated.
This article isn't for black people; this article is for NON-black people because it's us who need to fight for justice For our fellow black brothers and sisters.
Time and time again we see black people fight for their own rights. But, it seems like every time they do, the issues come tumbling back, 10x worse. Why? Well, it's because it's going to take everyone else to stand up for change to really happen.
First thing that needs to happen is this: EVERYONE should be educating themselves. We no longer live in the day and age where we need to go to a public library, let alone attend college to learn this information. If you do your research throughly, universities basically teach you how to work for the white-man and never honor the unique capabilities that people have.
Below I have listed resources that I have found on numerous social media posts, mixed with others that I have personally read or watched myself. All in all: EDUCATE yourself. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the better you will be equipped to fight for what is right.
The purpose of this article was to provide resources for others to wake up. If you watch any videos by Jane Elliot, she breaks down how there is only one race: THE HUMAN RACE. We all stem from the same ancestral parents, which were African. So to sit here and deny that black people are different than you are is down right, ignorant. We are all human and all lives will NOT matter until black lives matter. This isn't rocket science. It's pure logic and compassion.
Will the change be overnight? Absolutely not. But consistency is what is needed. It shouldn't take us seeing a murder happen for people to be infuriated, or notice, the issues that are going on. They have been going on since this land was stolen by the Native Americans.
Again, we need to do the work, the research, and use our voice on the platforms we use daily, in our communities we live, and to the people we talk to everyday. It's starts with people, not organizations. Organizations are nothing without the people.
As noted, below are the resources I was able to find and I hope you take the time to utilize them and enlighten your view on what's been going on for hundreds of years.
Books to Read:
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1631492853/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea by Robert Wald Sussman https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067466003X/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804190119/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future by Ben J. Wattenberg https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1566636736/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3K0E8MFKDPA7M&dchild=1&keywords=white+fragility+robin+diangelo&qid=1591142893&s=books&sprefix=white+fragility+%2Cstripbooks%2C170&sr=1-1
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander https://www.amazon.com/New-Jim-Crow-Incarceration-Colorblindness/dp/1620971933/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2EX6KR3LYN6TU&dchild=1&keywords=the+new+jim+crow+by+michelle+alexander&qid=1591142978&s=books&sprefix=The+new%2Cstripbooks%2C175&sr=1-1
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison https://www.amazon.com/Bluest-Eye-Vintage-International/dp/0307278441/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3RFEF5VEQR0YO&dchild=1&keywords=the+bluest+eye+by+toni+morrison&qid=1591143058&s=books&sprefix=tThe+blues%2Cstripbooks%2C177&sr=1-1
Movies To Watch:
American Son (Netflix)
Dear White People (Netflix)
When They See Us (Netflix)
Harriet (Apple TV)
Malcolm X (Apple TV)
Organizations to Support:
Black Visions Collective https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
George Floyd GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
NAACP Legal Defense https://www.naacpldf.org/
Reclaim The Block https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
Know Your Rights Camp https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/legal
Minnesota Freedom Fund https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
Black Lives Matter https://blacklivesmatter.com/
American Civil Rights Liberties Union https://www.aclu.org/