George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Three names too many. Three names in a long list. Black Lives Matter. Period. Structural racism is just that - structural. It doesn't go away just because you, with your own lived experience, can't see it. It doesn't go away because you're not affected. It doesn't go away. It doesn't.
For structural racism to be dismantled, for the chance to change anything, we have to start with ourselves, our own prejudices, our own innate racism, our own privilege. We have to do the work, yes, but we also have to stand up, speak up, stand in the gap.
Now is the time for action. Black folx and POC have been doing the heavy lifting on their own for too long. We cannot and should not ask any more of them. Now is the time to do the work, by stepping up, taking the time to educate ourselves, protesting, donating, standing in the gap.
To everyone asking what to do and where to start, we have put together some suggestions for anti-racist educators, authors and links to specific websites, accounts and posts. We want to repeat again - be respectful of them and their spaces. They are human beings, not resources. If you are learning from any of the people and organisations below and you are able to, please support them financially, particularly those who are sharing free content via Instagram.