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Where Do We Go From Here

The adorableness of anti-racism is that you don’t accept to pretend to be chargeless of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the charge to action racism wherever you acquisition it, including in yourself. And it’s the alone way forward. – Ijeoma Oluo

The adorableness of anti-racism is that you don’t accept to pretend to be chargeless of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the charge to action racism wherever you acquisition it, including in yourself. And it’s the alone way forward.

– Ijeoma Oluo

Right actuality in our city, one anniversary ago, George Floyd, an caught Atramentous man, was murdered by the police. You apperceive this already. 

And I anticipate you feel it, too – this is racism at work. This is not new. This is acutely unjust. This is backbreaking and traumatizing for the Atramentous community. This is evil.

Following George’s murder, there accept been large, cohesive, peaceful protests in our burghal every day for over a week. There accept been annihilative riots that accept been adverse to the communities, baby businesses, and families in Minneapolis. It’s doubtable that alfresco groups including white supremacists accept been of advancing into our accompaniment (or aloof advancing out of their homes?) and wreaking calamity on neighborhoods, creating anarchy and fear. The Civic Bouncer has been alleged in en masse and we are beneath a alarm with highways closed. 

Things are really, absolutely not good.

But additionally – things shouldn’t be acceptable appropriate now. 

This column has been in my arch for canicule but I’ve struggled to get it completed – a aggregate of factors including absent to be anxious and intentional, and time limitations as we appear to the actual needs of our family, friends, and burghal in crisis. But I apperceive it will never absolutely be right. And I’m acquirements that amiss words and accomplishments are far bigger than none.

To our Atramentous readers who are actuality now, who accept been actuality for any breadth of time, I’m acutely apologetic for the means that we (white people, but additionally accurately myself) bolster racism day in and day out through accomplishments and attitudes, whether we are acquainted or not. I’m sorry. I accept you. I’m listening. I’m learning.

Personally and collectively, we owe you, our Atramentous accompany and ancestors and readers, not alone a chat that acknowledges this affliction and these deep, abysmal problems – we owe you our action.

More than a quick Instagram belief column or amusing media message, we charge to accomplish abiding that whatever bulletin we are sending can absolutely be backed up with follow-through.

All of this – the words, the conversation, the affect – is not admired until we as white people, including myself, are accommodating to assignment to annihilate the systems of white supremacy that abuse BIPOC in our burghal and nation.

Pinch of Yum won’t be perfect. I won’t be perfect. This will be the best we can do until we apperceive better, and again back we apperceive better, we will do bigger (Maya Angelou’s words).


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Today’s column is advised as a starting point (or continuing point) for white bodies attractive to not aloof feel bad but to booty action.

This is a team-sourced account of assets – some from me, some from individuals on our team. These are the choir of blush we’ve alone begin accessible in allegorical our cerebration and behaviors on racism.

We accept two goals here:

  1. Centering choir of color
  2. Encouraging you to do something

Is this the alone account out there? No. Actuality are two others that are abundant added comprehensive.

75 Things White Bodies Can Do For Ancestral Justice

A Account of Anti-Racism Assets (Google doc)

Use whatever you acquisition helpful, but whatever it is, let’s alpha today.

What Can I Do Today

Donate to Black-Led Anti-Racist Organizations and Minneapolis Abatement Efforts:

You can acquisition added account here.

Follow Atramentous Leaders on Instagram:

  • Osheta Moore – @oshetamoore
  • Brittany Packnett Cunningham – @mspackyetti
  • Austin Channing Amber – @austinchanning
  • The Acquainted Kid – @theconsciouskid
  • Check Your Advantage – @ckyourprivilege
  • Here Wee Apprehend – @hereweeread

There are so abounding added out there – this is aloof a sampling of some of our favorites from aural our team.

Listen to Podcasts Created by Assorted Voices:

What Can I Do This Month

Read Books About Anti-Racism and White Supremacy

Courses Accomplished by Bodies of Blush

Explicitly Teaching Kids About Anti-Racism

Here’s a list with added book recommendations.

Watch Educational Movies, TV Shows, and Documentaries

  • 13th (Netflix)
  • Dear White Bodies (Netflix)
  • The Abhorrence U Accord (Hulu or hire to stream)

What Can I Accomplish To For The Continued Term

Support Black-Owned Businesses

(These are our favorites in Minneapolis and Saint Paul! Here’s a list of added Black-owned shops and restaurants to abutment in Minneapolis.)

Get Acquainted In To Bounded Activism

What Commitments Can You Accomplish to Yourself and Your Family

  • We will not be bashful about racism.
  • We will go above advantage signaling on amusing media and chase up our words with action.
  • We will angle up adjoin racist jokes.
  • We will angle up adjoin racist conversation.
  • We will allure ancestors and accompany into conversations about race.
  • We will arbitrate back we see racism.

If the bulk of assignment feels overwhelming, I understand. It can be adamantine to apperceive area to go from here.

But it is important that we alpha somewhere. We fabricated a printable bare template that you can use to adviser your planning for what your abutting accomplish of activity will be if that is helpful. This is what I am application for myself.

Picture of a printable blank template

This is not a absolute account of resources. Nor is this a complete conversation. It can’t be. I am one person, we are one baby aggregation – alike back accomplishing our best, there is consistently added we can learn.

With that in mind: What can you add? What are you learning, and what assets are allowance you?

And best importantly: what is your abutting footfall appropriate now?

Thank you for actuality actuality and for caring about things that matter, not aloof in chat but in action.

Sending all our adulation from our admired burghal of Minneapolis. ♡


Thanks to Rita and Jenna on our aggregation for their pictures for this post.

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93 Comments

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    S Brown

    Thank you for this accomplished ability abounding article. I’m administration it with others. I cannot Advance but I can advice in added ways. Blessings to you. Action on.

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    Aminna

    As a adolescent Atramentous American woman in academy disturbing with Abiding Depression, the accepted accompaniment of our country has fabricated me feel added parazlyed than ever. I attempt to acquisition the action to eat best canicule but award adorable recipes on your blog gives me the advance I charge to attend myself. Tonight I was afflicted by what I read. This is what we’re allurement for. This is area it starts. This is what we charge bodies to convenance to the best of their adeptness anniversary day affective forward. Acknowledge you for administration these assets with your admirers including myself. Acknowledge you for your charge to America and the Atramentous association 🙏💜

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      Tami

      Hi, Aminna,
      I’m aloof a reader, but I capital to say that I’m animated that Compression of Yum encourages you! I acquisition it encouraging, as well. Sometimes it’s aloof what I charge to get myself into the kitchen and into action. It charge be so difficult to acquisition activity in your situation. I’m praying for abounding bloom for you, and I admired account your comment.

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      Aminna, I’m so animated you’re here. Times are so hard. We’ll accumulate the aliment coming, and you aloof accumulate on befitting on, one aperitive meal at a time. ❤️ Acknowledge you for your comment.

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    Eveline

    Thank you Lindsay for this post. I am (a white woman) from Europe but the protests afterward the contempo murders accept been all over our media too, and in our cities bodies accept abounding the streets too to beef adjoin the murders/ lynchings and the analytical racism underneath. I additionally had to anticipate of you the aftermost canicule back you’re active in Minneapolis, and apprehensive how you’ve been accomplishing and how it would feel to be in the epicenter of the protests. I anticipation I was absolutely woke but I’ve been assiduously educating myself the aftermost anniversary and realising that we could and should do so abundant better. I am actual blessed with your post, and I achievement that this aftermost anniversary will absolutely get the auto of change into motion.

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    K

    I absolutely acknowledge your words and this list, in accurate the 74 abnormal pod. Philando Castile is aloof one archetype of a name I absolutely apperceive from bound account account but didn’t do the due activity to apprentice about his activity and what happened to him. I’m activity to alpha with that pod. I’ll additionally add that I saw on addition ability account the pod 1619 and Rachel Cargle’s adventure on white airiness on Alarm Your Girlfriend.

    I allege for myself as one white person, but these are truths that, back you booty the time to put your excuses abreast and absolutely see them already and for all, you can’t unsee them. I’m activity to abide accomplishing my best to learn, learn, learn, and be added alive and supportive. In all areas of my activity I generally shy abroad in the face of a boxy conversation, but that acutely helps no one, so I feel accountable now to do it alike back it’s hard. Acknowledgment again.

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      Yes, addition on our aggregation aloof accomplished up the 1619 podcast and she said it was so good. 74 abnormal was abnormally adamantine and allusive to me as we lived aloof blocks abroad from the circle area Philando Castille was shot. Acknowledge you for your anxious comment.

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    Megan

    Thank you for this post, for this list, for accomplishing this work. And acknowledge for this arrangement to advice me plan and authority myself answerable for the important assignment ahead.

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    Thank you for announcement this. It brought me to tears. As a atramentous woman I accept been disturbing with my affections while aggravating to amount out what to do next.

    And acknowledge you for actuality an ally. It’s not abundant for us to bark our plight because it can be and has been calmly ignored. It’s the every-day things, chat with accompany and families, amid added things, area we charge allies to advice bodies understand.

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      Deauna, acknowledge you for actuality here. ❤️ I achievement you are able to acquisition some time to blow and breathe abysmal this week. Xo

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    Jodee

    Thank you for your post. I am additionally a built-in Minnesotan, I grew up in St Paul, and now alive in Lakeville. It’s appalling and eye aperture to see so abundant abhorrence in our city. We all charge to do our allotment in active analytical racism and it does alpha by demography a acceptable adamantine attending at ourselves and acceptance our white advantage . We cannot abide quiet, we charge become Anti-Racists and accumulate acquirements and accomplishing better.
    p.s. addition acceptable book is ‘White Fragility’ by Robin Diangelo.

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    Tammy Lindsey

    Wow, this was a absurd post! Acknowledge you so abundant for application your belvedere to brainwash and accompany acquaintance to the amusing abuse that we are all too accustomed with. You provided accomplished resources. I accept aloft two atramentous men who are Godly, respectful, loving, kind, and compassionate animal beings. They deserve to be advised with respect. Racism, discrimination, bigotry, hate, and all these acts of abandon charge not be entertained or tolerated. We charge abide to adulation anniversary added and do better. We cannot be apprenticed of what is activity on in this country. Acknowledge you for assuming up. I achievement added bodies will abide to do their allotment to action these injustices. Accord and blessings …

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    Patty

    Lindsay,
    Thank you for the post. I am a white woman on an anti-racism journey. The google docs account is an accomplished ability and all the added assets you listed as actual important for white people. I appetite to acclaim any assignment by Dr. Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility. Chase for her books but additionally her lectures on youtube. (Deconstructing White Advantage and her address at The Seattle Library).
    Thank you.

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    Carol

    Well done. I would add that we charge to assignment to get added blacks and others of blush to annals to vote and again get out and vote the day of election. It is amazing how abounding bodies do not vote to abutment the applicant who represents their interests!

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      Liz

      Statements like these, admitting well-intended are allotment of the problem. I so acknowledge Lindsay’s anxious words and bulletin in this column and I don’t appetite her blog to be angry into an argument, but we additionally all charge to be dispatch up appropriate now to alarm out ambiguous statements. Let’s be accurate of putting added assignment (and burden) on bodies of color. The absoluteness is atramentous women consistently about-face out at a college amount to vote than all added demographic groups. They are already accomplishing the work. White women helped get Donald Trump adopted (more than 50% of white women voted for Trump, let that sit a minute). I am actually in favor of mobilizing as abounding bodies as accessible to vote and assuming our ability through the polls, but let’s be accurate of whom we are putting assignment on. Yes, bodies of blush should vote, but this is not on them. It is on all of us.

      For approaching learning(gathered quickly, there are added out there):

      Black women voting rates:
      https://aflcio.org/sites/default/files/2017-03/AFL-CIO+Black+Women+Vote.pdf

      https://fortune.com/2019/06/20/black-women-voters-2020-election/

      White women voting Trump in:
      https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/us/politics/white-women-helped-elect-donald-trump.html

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        allison

        Liz, acknowledge you for speaking up. Voting is absolutely everyone’s duty, and anti-racist candidates at all levels of government charge our aggregate support.

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        Amy

        You accomplish an accomplished point here, Liz. It’s additionally account acquainted that in a cardinal of states the voting action has been fabricated acutely adamantine for bodies of blush and the poor. In districts with predominantly boyhood populations, polling stations are added acceptable to be bankrupt permanently/fewer in cardinal or amid far away, creating difficulties in accessing them alfresco of alive hours or via accessible transportation. Beneath polling places additionally advance to continued delay times, which makes it harder for distinct parents or individuals with ancestors responsibilities to vote. In abounding of these places, the aggregation of problems that tend to crop up in non-white districts accomplish it adamantine to accept that there isn’t an advised accomplishment to accomplish it as difficult as accessible for assertive groups of bodies to vote to disincentivize them from accommodating in capitalism and authoritative their choir heard.

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          Liz

          Amy, YES. These are such important issues that we additionally charge to bethink and booty into consideration. Acknowledge you for for abacus these analytical credibility to the conversation. And Allison, I so acknowledge your point that we charge to attending for anti-racist candidates at all levels of government. We tend to focus on the ample civic elections, but our bounded adopted admiral are abundantly important to our lives and to authoritative analytical changes.

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    Dana W

    Lindsay, I answer the comments of acknowledgment to you for application your belvedere to articulation your abutment and activity actual specific suggestions on means Allies can apprentice more, appearance adherence or booty action. My acknowledgment is immense and I will do my allotment in about-face to abutment and advance the admirable (and yummy) assignment you do!!!
    Kindness and blessings,
    DW

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    Luu

    Thank you acknowledge you acknowledge you for this beautifully accounting statement. I, too, am committing to booty added activity and do better. ❤️

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    Jane K

    Thank you for this. We consistently apprehend “we accept to do something” but this is the aboriginal time I’ve apparent all the assets to absolutely DO SOMETHING. Acknowledge you.

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    Ashlie

    Last night, I had a chat with my 14 year old and 12 year old about how we can use our whiteness for good, not evil. I apprehend addition abroad say that we charge to be bouncer in this time – acknowledge you for not actual quiet. There is a lot activity on, it’s overwhelming, and every time I am tempted to about-face it off, I admonish myself of the millions of bodies who don’t accept that option, and watch on, attractive for means to help.

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      I feel a lot of this too. The affinity of bouncer is absolutely powerful. If we (white people) are growing weary of accomplishing this anti-racist work, brainstorm how backbreaking it is for the bodies who alive it. (I saw a adduce agenda on Instagram this anniversary that said article to this aftereffect but I’m accepting agitation award the original… if anyone account knows what it is amuse let me apperceive so I can credit.)

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    MaryJo

    Well said, Lindsay, and acknowledge you for adage it and for bartering added assets area we can get added advice and activity ideas. You accomplish me appreciative to be from Minnesota!

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    Frances

    Thank you for administration this. I was attractive for article actionable, and this is absolutely helpful.

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    becca

    In addition, I’d like to add voting as an abreast voter, abnormally in bounded elections. My eyes accept been opened to so abounding things in the aftermost anniversary including the accent of voting for the offices that can accompany absolute change to the association – Academy Board, Burghal Council, Mayor, Advocate General, Governor – some which are additionally generally absitively by alone a few hundred or thousand votes.

    I’m in MN too and accept to accept that back I casting my vote for AG, I had actual little abstraction of who I was voting for let abandoned the massive implications that my best in that and so abounding added bounded positions could have. I beheld those as appealing inconsequential jobs, and now those are the exact admiral we’re seeing at the centermost of these basic conversations.

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    Booge

    I accept a church…its in the dupe abreast a beck beneath copse with so abounding altered shapes of leaves, colours, so abounding types of them surrounding me with all the birds singing and teaching me to adore every second, every moment of life!

    These little letters of attributes from heaven is beatific to me to meditate, to amend of negativity, to bethink to adulation and leave my atom with a smile and to accompany it aback home and allotment that close peace.🍃
    Like with nature-close your eyes and apprehend the music of activity about you-people their languages, their belief and accept that racist has no allowance in your close peace.

    I, accept that the apple needs the activity of accurateness and accord that exists amid us all…

    Decisions:
    🦋 Accept the path, every aisle you booty leads you to a best and the best you booty changes everything!

    Booge
    (Canada)
    Thank you so abundant for this ardent post.

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    Sarah

    Thank you SO abundant for this anxious column and decidedly for you prompts to action. I accept begin myself bedridden arresting the affliction about me and aggravating to action my own answerability and denial. I anticipate at times like this some of us charge the calm duke of an organized anxious being to advice us booty a animation and put one bottom in advanced of the added to airing in the appropriate administration – carefully and agilely into the fight. Again, 🙏

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    Caryll

    Thank you for this! Abounding bodies appetite to apperceive how they can advice but do not apperceive area to start. The resources, all-embracing structure, and affection of your commodity is abundantly appreciated!

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    Nicole

    As a Atramentous reader, acknowledge you so abundant for this. This has all been so hard, and I’ve captivated so abundant negativity, so 18-carat and anxious abutment absolutely agency added than you know.

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      I’m so animated you’re actuality Nicole. I achievement you can acquisition time and amplitude to blow this week. ❤️ We owe you our action.

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    Kaitlin

    Thank you so abundant for this post, Lindsay. I’ve admired and admired you as a aliment blogger and now your backbone and abyss of appearance is absolutely showing. Acknowledge you for administration these assets with us.

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      TJ

      To advance that Chauvin’s accomplishments were aloof a “mistake”, to advance that America doesn’t accept a botheration with racism, and to advance it’s aloof blacks who are agitation and annexation acutely shows that it’s bodies like you who are the actual amount of the problem.

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    Nora

    Lindsay, you absolutely outdid yourself with this valuable, heartfelt, and anxious post. Acknowledge you so abundant for all these amazing assets and suggestions. I alive in Vancouver, Canada (though I’m originally from Los Angeles) and approved to acquisition some of the books you suggested, but the bookstores are all awash out—which is such a acceptable sign! I accept anesthetized this on to accompany and family.

    BTW, I adulation and acknowledge your blog and one can feel the adulation and caring you accurate through your adorable recipes and absorbing writing. Acknowledge you so abundant for all you do.

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      Brunie

      Dear Lindsay, You are amazing, acknowledge you so abundant for this information. You accept provided accomplished assets that will advice me booty action, instead of activity anchored and abandoned as abounding of us are feeling, what can we do for the apple at this time? Blessings, Brunie, Oceanside, NY