The devastating current events—most recently, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor—are a wake-up call for many looking to do better, help in whatever way they can and educate themselves. It is incredibly important to our editorial team and company to make sure that we're doing the necessary work, too. One part of that is using our platform to share some actionable ideas on how to combat racism and prejudice with our WWW community. We welcome anyone who would like to start a thoughtful conversation or add to these resources to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Educate yourself, confront your own biases and work to be actively anti-racist. Use your knowledge to speak up.
This anti-racism resources document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020 includes books for adults and children, articles, podcasts, videos and films, and organisations to follow.
(NB: Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, has asked that if you buy a copy, to also donate money to the Minnesota Freedom Fund or borrow a copy from a friend.)
Take Harvard's implicit bias test to learn your level of conscious and unconscious bias on things like light versus dark skin tone preference and many other categories including race, sexual orientation, religion, age, and weight. It takes about 10 minutes.
Some bite-size media snippets we found insightful:
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: A fund started by George Floyd's sister to cover the family's funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist their family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George.
I Run With Maud: A fund started by Ahmaud Arbery's best friend to benefit his mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, and her immediate family with financial support during this extremely difficult time and in their struggle for justice for the murder of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery.
Color of Change: The nation's largest online racial justice organization that works to end practices that unfairly hold black people back.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund: An organization committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system and immigration and deportation regime that disproportionately target and harm low-income communities of colour.
NAACP "We Are Done Dying" Campaign: A campaign by the National Association for Advancement of Colored People to expose the inequities embedded into the American healthcare system and the country at large.
3. Sign petitions and make calls.
Phone numbers to call to demand justice for Breonna Taylor are listed in this document.
Sign the Justice for Big Floyd Petition. The goal is to get to three million signatures. When you sign, the platform will automatically send your message to County Attorney Michael Freeman, who has the power to arrest and charge the police officers involved.
Text "FLOYD" to 551-56. Color of Change will text you back with a link to sign their petition for justice for George Floyd, or simply sign the petition here. Color of Change also has a petition for Breonna Taylor.
Your elected officials have the power to fight institutionalised racism. Gov.uk is where you can register to vote, check your registration status and get local election reminders. You can also find out the name of your local MP here.
This is an evolving list that we hope to grow. Again, please email email@example.com with your feedback.
This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has been updated by the U.K. team with U.K.-focused resources.