Educate Yourself On Black Lives Matters With These Online Resources

Jun 05, 2020

While it's crucial to donate money to worthy causes and come out in support of anti-racism movements like Black Lives Matter and Aboriginal Lives Matter, it's also important to acknowledge that unpacking racism is an ongoing process. We've collated educational online resources you can read on your journey to becoming an active anti-racist that will help you take action or simply learn more about the lived experience of those from affected communities.

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If you want to hear from and elevate the voices of Indigenous people, IndigenousX has an ingenious way of amplifying members of the Aboriginal community. Through a rotating Twitter account, different Aboriginal figures take over the profile and tweet about their work and lives. They actively challenge stereotypes by having a diverse group of tweeters: activists, teachers, doctors, comedians, designers, and more. Not to mention that their website hosts a blog that is regularly updated by Aboriginal writings on current issues.

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ANTI-RACISM GOOGLE DOCS

The great thing about the internet is that crowd-sourced materials are easier than ever to compile. These Google Docs usually gather books, articles, and donation avenues in one place to make it easier for those who want to join the fight. Anti-Racism Resources For White People is one of these, created by activist Sarah Sophie Flicker and writer Alyssa Klein. The document covers all mediums, but the highlight is definitely their links to resources on how white parents can raise anti-racist children, a topic often not openly-discussed amongst white people.

Tasha K's Shareable Anti-Racism Resource Guide is also fantastic for anyone who is ready to unpack their prejudices step-by-step. Tasha categorises the content from "Defining Race" all the way to "Health & Medicine", prefacing their guide with "This IS LIFE-LONG WORK that we choose to enter into, a journey for an anti-racist traveler that will take a lifetime."

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Survived and Punished is first and foremost an American initiative helping release survivors of domestic and gendered violence (many of who are black, native, trans, and immigrants) who have been imprisoned for defending themselves. They have an excellent and easy to navigate collection of resources, including campaign details, guides to critical resistance, fact sheets on mass incarceration, and more. Understanding the criminalisation of black people and the prison-industrial complex is crucial to understanding the core of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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WAR-run Invasion Day 2020 rally in Meanjin; photo by Dylan Crawford.

WARRIORS OF THE ABORIGINAL RESISTANCE (WAR)

Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance — commonly known as WAR — is a collective of young Aboriginal people dedicated to decolonising, resisting, and reviving. WAR share donation avenues, articles, videos, posts from fellow Aboriginal community members, as well as organise city-wide protests and rallies for Invasion Day, Justice for Kumanjayi Walker, and the upcoming Stop Black Deaths in Custody - Justice for George Floyd.

VIRTUAL PROTESTING 101

It can be easy for us to act helpless in moments of international injustice, but content creator Manassaline Coleman has created Virtual Protesting 101, a short Instagram guide on effective virtual protesting. While sharing links can be helpful as an individual, Coleman suggests active ways of fighting against online white supremacist groups by drowning their hashtags with Black Lives Matter material. It's a great read for anyone who doesn't have the means to donate but would like to help.

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Always Was Always Will Be Aboriginal Land by Charlotte Allingham

FEMINISM & DECOLONISATION

Feminism should always be intersectional and include Indigenous communities, and that's where Feminism & Decolonisation on Facebook can help. They are constantly sharing articles, events, and their Aboriginal perspective on feminist issues that are timely and relevant to what's happening in the world right now. Feminism & Decolonisation will also occasionally drop into the comments, starting conversations in solidarity or speaking out against racists, and their lengthy Facebook posts are always heavily shared around Invasion Day.

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BLACK FEMINIST RANTER (CELESTE LIDDLE)

You may already know Celeste Liddle for her now inactive blog, Rantings of An Aboriginal Feminist, as well as the hundreds of articles and columns she has written for The Guardian. Her extensive work in dissecting issues that affect Aboriginal people is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more, but her Facebook page, Black Feminist Ranter, and Twitter are also fantastic for anyone who wants links to articles, fundraisers, and Celeste's opinions on Aboriginal issues.

HOW TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM

As non-black people, we have a responsibility to call out racism when we see it. Unfortunately, too many of us easily settle into silence—it can be uncomfortable to reckon with the fact that your loved ones may have racist prejudices. In an Instagram infographic, clinical counsellor Jordan Pickell has suggested easy conversation starters to broach anti-blackness with family or friends, a great way to honour your values and create meaningful action within your immediate circle.

While all those mentioned above contain useful resources, unlearning our biases should occur across a lifetime and we should always endeavour to evaluate our own prejudices. There are an abundance of black leaders, activists, organisations, and writers out there, and there's never been a better time to take responsibility and actively search for and learn from them. 

 

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