There’s a love/hate relationship with Facebook that I adore, one that has educated me and pissed me the hell off.
Many times.
But during this pandemic- racial episode- world-on-fire- murder hornet- asteroid-on-its-way- season of the bitch, my friends on Facebook have helped me understand what it means to be oppressed and forgotten. I’ve seen it, read on it extensively, and have occasionally experienced it firsthand. But nothing – and I mean NOTHING – comes close to being shown what African Americans have experienced their entire lives… for centuries. Right here in the United States of America. I’m white and white-privileged and I am wanting to know empathy like I’ve never known it before.

These are just a few resources that I’ve collected to help me have a better understanding. My hope is that everyone reading this will reach a little further to uncover the reality faced each day by those whose skin happens to be a different color. This could be are our Saving Grace, the one Truth we need to understand, and our way out of this horrendously wrecked system that has pushed us to the brink of extinction as a collective entity.

Donate

Southern Poverty Law Center
https://donate.splcenter.org/

Black Lives Matter
https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Justice for Breonna Taylor
https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

Donate for Bailout Funds for Protesters
https://www.dsa-la.org/support_floyd_protests_nationwide

NAACP
https://www.naacp.org/

Register to Vote

https://www.whenweallvote.org/voting-resources/

Trevor Noah on George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper (this changed the way I thought about rioting)

EDUCATE YOURSELF

FREE CLASSES that fight social justice and racial inequality
through Coursera

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History
https://www.coursera.org/learn/race-cultural-diversity-american-life
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom
https://www.coursera.org/learn/revolutionary-ideas-utility-justice-equality-freedom
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Love as a Force for Social Justice
https://www.coursera.org/learn/love-social-justice
Stanford University

From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement
https://www.coursera.org/learn/nonviolence
Emory University

Human Rights for Open Societies
https://www.coursera.org/learn/humanrights
Utrecht University

Feminism and Social Justice
https://www.coursera.org/learn/feminism-social-justice
University of California, Santa Cruz

Social Norms, Social Change I
https://www.coursera.org/learn/norms
University of Pennsylvania and UNICEF

How to Change the World
https://www.coursera.org/learn/world-change
Wesleyan University

Economic Growth and Distributive Justice Part I -The Role of the State
https://www.coursera.org/learn/economic-growth-part-1
Tel Aviv University

Economic Growth and Distributive Justice Part II – Maximize Social Wellbeing
https://www.coursera.org/learn/economic-growth-part-2
Tel Aviv University

Moral Foundations of Politics
https://www.coursera.org/learn/moral-politics
Yale University

Movies

13th by director Ava DuVernay
When They See Us (the story of the ‘Central Park Five’) by director Ava DuVernay
Dear White People
Just Mercy – currently free ‘rental’ on Amazon Prime
America to Me
The Rape of Recy Taylor
Out of Omaha
Emanuel
I Am Not Your Negro
Harriet Tubman: They Called Her Moses
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till