Here is a list of some of the resources and information I have been reading, listening, and watching over the past several weeks as I confront my own privilege, learn how to be a stronger ally, and figure out how I could best support those leading the movement to fight against institutional racism, systemic inequalities, and police brutality.
Books I'm reading, read, or plan to read: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, and White Fragility by Robin Diangelo.
National Podcasts: Code Switch by NPR, Pod Save the People hosted by DeRay Mckesson on Crooked Media; and 1619 by the New York Times on the origins of slavery in America. I also found The Ezra Klein Podcast with Ta-Neshi Coates extremely informative.
Local Podcast: Elevate Maryland Podcast: This podcast is an absolute must listen for me whenever a new episode is released. Candace Dodson Reed and Tom Coale tackle policies, people, and stories to elevate voices in our state and county. It's Smart, relevant, forward looking, and topical. They recently interviewed some of the organizers behind the HoCo for Justice March, the largest demonstration in the history of Howard County! Definitely give that episode a listen.
Local Restaurants and Businesses I plan to patron: List of Black-owned Businesses in Howard County: https://goo.gl/maps/prxxBEBSfDJs5qKR7
Where to Donate Nationally: List of Organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1L6zheqF5b0YmEBTex_pqIiJbCZYOlL6f4OyjCAwe1Bc/edit?usp=sharing
Where to Donate Locally: Columbia Community Care, a grassroot network of neighbors helping neighbors, now accepting donations as a registered 501(c)(3): https://www.facebook.com/groups/807588256400584/
What to watch: The documentary 13TH on Netflix explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Or, if you want the late night take, watch John Oliver or Trevor Noah provide their insights on George Floyd, protests, police reforms and systematic injustice.
And finally, I'm sure you have all seen this, but just because it brings a huge smile to my face every single time - here's the greatest president of my life giving a shout out to the incredible work of the young people in our community who organized the largest demonstration in the history of Howard County. Also, a pretty fine actor weighs in as well.