Key Concepts and History

To start, it is important to understand some key concepts. Privilege is the inherent advantage you have in society based on your race. Intersectionality, created by Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Black feminism, developed by Black women scholars, are two key frameworks that should be used to understand the intersection of different types of oppression. It is also crucial to learn African-American history. Many of us were not taught this history in school, and we need to take it upon ourselves now. Please refer to the following resources to learn more.

Reading Work By Black Feminists

It is important to read work by Black feminist scholars. Two scholars to start with are Angela Davis and Audre Lorde. Dozens of other texts are available in this shared Google Drive folder. (The featured image for this post is of Angela Davis, still alive today.)

Understanding the Movement Today

Learn about the current movement at BlackLivesMatter.com and m4bl.org.

Read about the queer roots of the Black Lives Matter movement in this article by David B. Green.

Books

Support your local bookstores, many of which are struggling due to the pandemic. These are crucial reads for non-Black folks.

Support these Black-owned bookstores:

For Non-Black Activists

White and non-Black activists can either utilize their privilege wisely, or they may actually become an extra burden on Black activists. It is important that we constantly check ourselves.

COVID-19 and Racism

Learn about how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Black folks and people of color.

For Parents

Resources for raising anti-racist children.

I will continue to add to this list. Please send me any additional resources you think I should include through my “Contact” form.

Featured image of Angela Davis is not mine.

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