“Every time we do not take a risk we prop up this racist system.” Rachel Rodgers
I was introduced to Rachel this morning in a email newsletter from coach Michael Bungay Stanier (MSB). Rachel is a coach, entrepreneur, lawyer, and the founder of her own intellectual property law firm.
Rachel generously posted a 20 minute teaching on Instagram Live that gave me a much-needed metaphorical bucket of ice water wake up call to stop wringing my hands and take action. You can check out her post here.
Here’s what’s true.
I have a lot to learn and unlearn. And there is no time to waste.
The demonstrations taking place across North America are valuable acts of civil protest that must continue. We must all do our part to support.
No more black and brown and lives can be lost. And even as I type this the tear gas canisters and bullets are flying in cities across North America.
To my fellow white women and men we need to listen deeply, learn fast, and take action to support our black and brown sisters and brothers.
- If you are white, or benefit from white privilege, read this piece on white fragility in The New Yorker and consider deeply how this shows up for you. Then take 2-3 actions today from this list of 75 things white people can do for racial justice.
- The Minnesota Freedom Fund has been flooded with donations and is now encouraging people to donate their money to other Black or BIPOC led organizations. There’s a good list here of bail funds to help support protestors who need bail money.
- Donate to George Floyd’s family’s GoFundMe.
- For Canadians, some great organizations to donate to are: The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Freedom School, Black Lives Matter, The Groundswell Fund.
- Explore this comprehensive list of ways to be an anti-racist and choose a few of the resources to engage with today.
- If you are a white woman, read this guide by Tatiana Mac. If you are a white man, read this one.
And MSB adds:
Bottom line is act NOW. Listen. Learn. Read. Write. Share. Protest. Speak up.