ANTIRACISM RESOURCES

Updated 07.01.20

 

PREFACE

Welcome! We are so glad you're here. Thank you for coming by. We hope you come back.

OUR AIM IS TO:

  • Share the lessons we've learned from our own years-long journey (which will never be over as "perfection" in this space is not a thing, and society's understanding of bigotry is evolving AS I TYPE!!! <3) 

  • Provide resources that are by legitimate subject matter experts with direct experience in whatever they're speaking about

  • Recommend Black makers/thinkers that resonate with us personally. We will continue to update this list with new-to-us voices as we find them.

AUDIENCE, INCLUSION, & INTERSECTIONALITY

  • This list is definitely focused on anti-Black racism and how white people, as the majority and the race of almost all the people making the rules and the money in this country, can be antiracist.

  • This is because that's what has captured the attention of the country at the moment, not just due to police brutality but the disproportionate impact that the pandemic has had on the Black community.

  • (We haven't even begun to scratch the surface on intersectionality and the plight of Black trans women. We ask that you take that on yourself if you have no idea what we're talking about. It is horrific but necessary.)

  • We in no way want this page to be interpreted as a denial about racism towards non-Black POC or other types of bigoted oppression, including ableism, gender/age discrimination, LGBTQIA+ status, classism, and more. None of us are free until ALL of us are free. We are just trying to stay focused on this one conversation while people are willing to have it.

 

If you have well-intentioned thoughts on this content, we welcome the feedback. After all, rule 1 of our Antiracist Club is to keep your ears and minds open to the experiences of others before choosing to open your mouth. (Also please LMK about broken links! Wix is... unfriendly. Now I understand why everyone makes google docs 😅)

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OUR (POTENTIALLY FLAWED AND OPEN TO FEEDBACK) ADVICE

This list simply contains a snapshot of our personal thoughts on how we have come to understand what Antiracism requires over the past few years. This is an ever-evolving understanding as we explain below. These thoughts also relate to generally overcoming harmful childhood/social programming.

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Please always keep this guiding definition in mind: antiracism is the opposite of racism. To be antiracist is to be ACTIVELY and INTENTIONALLY against racism. "Not being racist" just doesn't cut it. We have hundreds of years as a nation to prove that.

Before anything else, please have a solid definition of what the idea of "privilege", specifically "white privilege" means. Here's a guide to white privilege from Teaching Tolerance.

(Again, we'll save the intersectionality conversation for another time, but that doesn't mean you have to, or should.)

IT IS NOT BIPOC'S JOB TO EDUCATE YOU!

  • There is a wealth of existing first-hand BIPOC experiences and opinions to draw from. Take it upon yourself to look for them. Read a bunch. Read more. There is no monolithic voice for any community.

  • This applies to LGBTQIA+, those in the disabled community, war veterans, whomever. Ask the internet before asking people to exert emotional energy on giving you information you could find yourself with a quick search.

Educate yourself and maintain! That's the entire point of this conversation.

  • The history we learned in school has been incredibly whitewashed and incomplete. ​RELYING ON THIS INFORMATION IS SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE.

  • The information we consume will lead us to similar information without deliberate intervention. You see this every time you watch/view/read content recommended to you by a YouTube/Instagram/etc algorithm. You cannot passively be antiracist. It requires deliberate action. 

Intentionally read/watch/consume content by those that aren't cis-het white dudes.

  • Think about what books you read in school, who gets the creative credits in the movies you watch, who created the art that dominates mainstream culture. What do those people look like?

  • Patriarchal white supremacy has traditionally determined the stories we hear, the images we see, the opportunities we have, and the way we are governed.

  • Seeking out content made by people that don't look/live/move like you is a critical part of gaining awareness of experiences outside of yourself and having awareness and empathy for those experiences.

  • We have a list of our favorite Black voices below!

Don't let discomfort stop you from being antiracist.​

  • Examine why you are uncomfortable. Why do you want to shut down? Is it because someone is challenging something that you think to be true? Is it because you don't know why something rubs you the wrong way? Is it because you are a white person speaking on behalf of non-white people?

  • Learn about cognitive dissonance. Look for it in all aspects of your life.

  • Discomfort has prevented people from having these conversations for centuries. If you take it upon yourself to educate yourself, you will be more comfortable having these conversations.

White people need to talk to white people about race.

  • See It's not BIPOC job to educate you + don't let discomfort stop you above.

Keep trying. Keep listening. Keep learning.

  • ​The ideal time to realize how problematic your views are is when you are educating yourself with antiracist resources, and you learn something that shows you how ignorant you were before.

  • If you are actively antiracist, you will likely have opportunities to realize how problematic your views are when someone else points them out to you. This is a terrifying but required part of being antiracist. If you avoid this risk by avoiding the conversation, that is not antiracism.

  • Don't get defensive. Don't shame spiral. Listen. Reflect. Research. Evolve.

  • GET ACCUSTOMED TO CHANGING YOUR VIEWS WHEN PRESENTED WITH NEW INFORMATION!

  • (But also... verify that info.)

That's right! VERIFY that info! Here are some trusted places to do that.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU KNOWINGLY SLEEP WITH A RACIST.​

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ANTIRACISM 101

Follow these subject matter experts in systemic racism and how to combat it with institutional racism in whatever channel you normally consumer information.

By integrating these voices into your everyday behaviors/media consumption, you are taking a HUGE first step to ​exposing yourself to points of view that may challenge your existing hidden biases. PLEASE TAKE THIS STEP IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY! We will love you for it.

Ibram X.Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist

Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race​​

  • Twitter

  • Medium

  • See her curated list of recent pieces on her website here.

  • Fun fact: Ijeoma is a fellow PNW'er based in Seattle!​ She used to write for The Stranger, the Seattle version of The Portland Mercury. Check out her archive from 2017 and before on their site here.

Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

  • Also Seattle-based!​ WHO NEW OF THIS ANTIRACIAL PNW HUB?!?!?!

  • Here's a short read that will prime your brain for the concept of white fragility read.

    • ​What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility With Robin DiAngelo via Teaching Tolerance (Read on their site here)

  • Instagram

  • Facebook

  • Reddit

  • Check out her curated list of resources (from other experts) on her website here.

    • She also offers a free PDF guide to discussions for those reading her book at the link above

Rachel Cargle, focuses on racism within feminism; she's an activist, academic, social critic, entreprenuer, teacher, and much more.

  • Main Instagram​ @rachel.cargle

  • Secondary Instagram specifically dedicated to unlearning patriarchal white supremacy! @thegreatunlearn

  • Twitter

  • Her website

  • 'I Refuse to Listen to White Women Cry,' Activist Rachel Cargle has built a brand - and a business - by calling out racial injustices within feminism by Washington Post (read here)

  • Archive of articles she's written for Bazaar Magazine here.

 

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ANTIRACISM 102

Once you have integrated the voices in 101 into your existing content consumption habits, here's a couple more digestible pieces of content to consume.

The 13th by Ava Duverney

  • ​"In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom."

  • Watch on Netflix here

Speak Up: ​Responding to Everyday Bigotry by Southern Poverty Law Center​

  • ​This is a very long piece, but it's broken into sections. We recommend you poke around at what seems relevant, venture into the irrelevant, and revisit. At the very least look at the table of contents at the top.

  • Read here

Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop by Officer A. Cab

  • We're considering​ this a must-read ​in context of today's conversation even though it pertains to general issues with policing rather than antiracism.

  • Read on Medium here

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FOLLOW BLACK VOICES

These are recommendations based on what we have consumed. There are many popular resources left off. This is because we haven't personally read/researched them. For social platforms, we recommend following these people to continue to stay informed, and unfollow if they go all JK Rowling on you.

MOVIES & TV

  • ​If Beale Street Could Talk

    • "Based on the novel by James Baldwin, "If Beale Street Could Talk" is a soulful drama about a young couple fighting for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream."

    • Watch on Hulu

  • The 13th​

  • Black-ish​

    • With the exception of the episode that features Chris Brown, this show has delighted me so many times, especially when it addresses topics pertaining to race and Blackness.

    • Watch on Hulu  

  • Insecure

    • Hilarious and beautiful. ​

    • Watch on HBO. Figure out how here.

    • Also read this piece to learn just a little bit about one aspect of being Black person in film.

      • Keeping 'Insecure' lit: HBO cinematographer Ava Berkofsky on properly lighting black faces by Xavier Harding

  • Just Mercy​​​

 

ARTISTS & MAKERS

  • Jeremy Okai Davis

  • Splendid Rain Co.​

    • Maker of pro-black ​clothing and sharer of amazing memes about racist folks.

    • Follow on Instagram

    • Her store is currently on hiatus, but if you follow her on IG, she'll let you know when you can buy one of her "I CAN'T BE RACIST. I HAVE WHITE FRIENDS" t-shirts.

  • Sade DuBoise Studio​​​

  • Antoine Williams​

    • From his websiteAntoine Williams' mixed-media work investigates his cultural identity by exploring power, fear, and the perception of signs within society. 

    • Follow on Instagram​

  • Princess Bouton

    • Transfemme performance artist well known in the voguing scene in Portland​

    • Follow on Instagram

  • Candace Reels​

  • Donte Colley​

    • He went viral for his relentlessly positive vibes - soundtracked dance videos sprinkled with inspirational phrases about self-love and synchronized emoji animations, but he's been very vocal about BLM,  demonstrating that he's not j​ust here to entertain.

    • Follow him on Instagram

BOOKS

  • If you buy these books, please do so from Black-owned bookstores.

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

    • This book by a civil rights litigator and legal scholar rights litigator is considered a must-read to truly understand how deeply systematic anti-Black racism is encoded in the United States legally, structurally, and culturally.     

    • Official website

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

    • This book follows a couple of descendants from the same Gold Coast family over several generations. I especially valued learning about Jim Crow era lives of Black Americans.

    • Read book review Descendants; A sprawling tale of a family spilite between Africa and America by the New Yorker here.

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    • I first read this book over 15 years ago as a school assignment, and it blew my mind. It was the first time I'd ever been prompted to think about "Africa" as anything more than a vague large continent that gets referenced as a monolithic nation. I reread it a couple years ago​ to see how I'd feel about it as a much smarter, more socially aware human, and it remains one of my favorite books because of the way the narrative unfolds and its very impactful ending.

    • Read this thought piece on Chinua Achebe and his debut book Things Fall Apart that was published by the New Yorker in 2008, 50 years after the book was first published and 5 years before Chinua passed.

 

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JAILBREAK'S JUNE 2020 FUNDRAISER

This section is an effort to be fully transparent in how/when/where/what funds are distributed as a result of our June 2020 donations resulting from Jailbreak's sales of products by Black Makers

 

7/1/20 UPDATE: Together we raised $284.18 for BLM & Don't Shoot PDX! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our June fundraiser. The google doc has been updated with final numbers, and we'll post the receipts to our IG (links below).

We will distribute 100% of our profits from items by our Black makers to anti-racist pro-Black organizations.

We aim to split profits 50/50 between a national org and a local one. We've picked:

 

This is how we're calculating profit.

  • Jailbreak operates as a consignment shop, so the makers own their goods, and neither of us get paid unless they are sold. Makers get 50% of the sticker price for goods sold online and 60% in-store. The difference is to account for the labor and packaging costs that goes into setting up and managing our new shop. The one you're on RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Shipping fees  & applicable sales tax are not included in the split. That goes to USPS and whatever state government. We promote free in-store pick-up, and since we're Oregon-based, there is usually no sales tax applied.

  • From Jailbreak's 50/50 (web) or 40/60 (in-store) split, ​we will deduct packaging costs (which is different than the shipping costs mentioned above). This is usually around a couple bucks unless we can use the recycled packaging we have been hoarding in store.

  • We will not deduct the cost of our labor nor any of the overhead costs besides packaging. We are donating this to the antiracist cause.

Donation tracking

  • Here is the google spreadsheet we will use to show calculations as defined above as well as ​document dates and totals of donations made.

  • We will also post high-level summaries to Jailbreak's Instagram stories. Follow us here!

    • We will add them to @jailbreakpdx's BLM Highlight, which you can always find in our IG profile

    • Highlights are all chronological; we can't control the order. So be prepared to tap through a lot of content!

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ROUNDUPS OF EXISTING ANTIRACIST ROUNDUPS

These are additional lists of recommended antiracist resources and actions by people that are more educated than us in this topic.

  • Anti-racism Resources for White People

    • Writer Alyssa Klein and activist and filmmaker Sarah Sophie Flicker compiled a public google doc with over 75 anti-racism resources for white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work. 

  • Anti-Racist Resources from Greater Good Magazine by UC Berkeley

    • Includes the following sections:​

      • The psychological roots of racism

      • How to overcome bias in yourself

      • Confronting racism

      • Reducing bias in criminal justice

      • Building bridges

      • Resources for parents

      • Resources for educators

      • More anti-racism resources

    • Read here

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