There is very little I can say right now, and very little reason I should be allowed to opine – except to say that I recognize the luck I had being born who I am where I am, and the privilege that all of this provides. I am a white, middle class, suburban mom with a university education. During this pandemic we have been one of the very lucky families with two working parents and a child old enough to do a lot of things by herself.

And now we have worldwide protests for overdue change.

I am white. I was raised in a very white neighbourhood. I knew very few real people who were not white. Once again, I am very thankful to Sesame Street for providing me with a view of the world I would not otherwise have seen.

Still, I remained mostly uneducated about race issues except for being generally aware of things that had happened in the past. I remember knowing who Rodney King was and hearing about the riots. As I have gotten older I have tried to learn more. But there are people who look like me who think that Black people are somehow less than us. A lot of them.

I have spent the past two weeks trying to act as a witness, to spread Black voices and to learn about the things I don’t understand. I have also donated because I have an income right now and I can do that.

I wanted to share a few links here, because that is the least I can do. Listen and learn.

Places to donate:

The Minnesota Freedom Fund was my first donation, but after receiving a flurry of donations, they have linked to other orgs that need help, including bail funds in other states.

Black Lives Matter TO.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 

GoFundMe for Regis Korchinski Paquet, who died in Toronto on May 27.

A petition calling for justice for Breonna Taylor and a GoFundMe.

Campaign Zero 

Resources and things to read:

Anti-racism resources 

How to respond to ‘riots never solve anything’ by Rafi D’Angelo

Nothing to add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions‘ by Robin DiAngelo

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus by Catherine Halley

What to do instead of calling the police  by Aaron Rose

Defunding the Police Will Save Black and Indigenous Lives in Canada by Sandy Hudson (to find out more about this there is a book called The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale and Sandy Hudson has a podcast with Nora Loreto where they have discussed it).

Also Divest from Police to Re-invest in Communities by Anthony N. Morgan

Dear White People, This is What We Want You to Do by Kandise Le Blanc

White people have to step up to identify systemic racism in Canada, labour expert says by Roshini Nair

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not by Danielle Cadei

To Pimp a Movement by Nathaniel Behar

Before you declare Canada is not a racist country, do your homework by Vanmala Subramaniam

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time (video by Baratunde Thurston)

White people know racism exists. Now it’s time for them to finally do something about it by Vicky Mochama

For our white friends desiring to be allies by Courtney Ariel

The Agenda: The fight to end anti-Black racism 

Collective Rage Requires Collective Action by Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard

Warrior Life: Desmond Cole on Anti-Black Racism in Canada and the US

I have also read or ordered the following books:

Wow, No Thank You and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

You Can’t Touch My Hair and Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson

Freedom is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Y. Davis

And for some fiction…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Both of these books touch on history that not many Canadians are taught).


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