A few thoughts on what white people can do

No doubt about it, it’s been a heavy two weeks. But there are important times. Being White and privileged, it can be hard to know what to say, what to do. And so, this past week I’ve turned inward. I’m listening and I’d like to think learning.  If you’re unsure of what White people can do, this posts lists some resources I’ve found helpful and you might find them useful, too.

Black lives do matter. (Photo credit: Redrecords /Pexels)

What white people can do

I always thought of myself as ‘not racist’ and then I read this thought provoking article by Colleen Seto. If like me, you’ve found yourself not sure where to start, begin with the article above and then click on the resources it lists below. In particular, check out this anti-racism resource for White people.

Some parents may be unsure of how to bring up the topic of race and recent protests with their kids, but this piece on talking to kids about race by Canadian travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis provides excellent advice. And this guide offers instruction depending on your child’s age. 


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Giving to others

Giving to others is always important and now is an opportune time to be more thoughtful on how you go about that. I’m not going to list out what I’ve done or where I’ve donated, but if you’d like suggestions, let me know in the comment section and I’ll happily share.

But you may be interested to know there is a BLM Canadian chapter accepting donations. Additionally, there’s a wellness program being run in Toronto to give Black women the tools to restore hope, health and joy. You can find out more (and sponsor an attendee) here.

Reading and learning

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a fantastic author (I’m still upset I lost my copy of Half of a Yellow Sun), and I was happy to see her on Oprah’s list of best books by Black authors. And here is listing of books by Indigenous authors.

Many of us have been upping our skill set on webinars. Another idea for you is Indigenous Canada, a free online course run by the University of Alberta which explores Indigenous Peoples from both a historical and critical perspective.

While it may not look like it, I’m not on social media all that much lately. I hop on, schedule some posts and then pop off. I did appreciate this Vogue piece on 12 Black mental health and wellness resources to follow on Instagram and you might, too.

I want so much to end this post on a positive note, but I’m not sure I can. It’s a time for people like me to get uncomfortable and educated. And who knows how long it’ll be until life returns to a new normal post COVID. If you haven’t already, I encourage everyone to take up a project.

Whether it’s reading more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) authors or starting a blog or taking a more active role in your community, by expanding our horizons and learning something new, we become more confident.

When we have confidence we’re better able to help others and there’s a lot of people out there who could use support right now. A high tide lifts all boats. 

The suggestions and links I provided above are but a drop in the ocean with regards to resources available. If you have any suggestions on how to move towards racial justice, please let me know through the comment section. 

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