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Educate yourself. Donate and Speak up.

Educate yourself. Donate and Speak up.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

THOUGHTS, ACTIONS & ALL THE RESOURCES

Let’s have the important conversation. The conversation we should have had a long time ago. The kind of conversation that we have regularly in my family, because my whole family has a very clear position here. We do not tolerate racism, xenophobia or hatred in any way. I was brought up by my parents and grandparents in a very open-minded way. Treating everyone as equal, regardless of their skin colour, origin or religion. But being anti-racist just isn’t enough. It doesn’t end the injustice and police-brutality that black people still have to endure every single day. It doesn’t take away the pain.

We need to take action. We need to show solidarity, online and offline. We need to listen attentively to those who suffer. We need to stand together and fight for equality. We have to grow, educate ourselves and put in all the effort to make a sustained impact .

I’m definitely not perfect. My biggest mistake was not speaking up sooner. Mainly because I thought that my reach wasn’t big enough to have any influence, to appear uneducated or to hurt someones feelings. I deeply regret this naive way of thinking. Because you know what, there is no excuse for not speaking up about it sooner, if you have the right intention, you’re willing to learn and to adjust, you will always be on the right path and can’t go wrong. So I will do better.

I’m well aware that not everyone was taught these values from an early age. So it’s even more important, that we do our research to be able to educate others as well and fight disinformation. I’m currently trying to figure out a how to use my platforms to talk about this complex topic in the future as well and I appreciate any kind of feedback.

I’m starting with this continuously updated Blogpost. I have been doing a lot of research and reading over the last few days to find out how to help the Black Lives Matter movement. And I collected a lot of links and resources for you. As I said, everything will be updated regularly, so if you have any other good input, feel free to let me know and I’ll include it.

You can recognize all additions & updates by the different font color.

If you don’t know how to offer your help, here’s a list with actions you can take. And hey, most of them are free, so don’t remain silent.

EDUCATE YOURSELF - EDUCATE OTHERS

BOOKS TO READ

I understand that it’s difficult to talk about topics you feel uneducated about. See this as a starting point for your education. There are countless inspiring and helpful books to understand and fight the depths of racism. I have researched many articles and posts and these were the 10 most recommended books. I have already got the first four and am eager to learn more about each topic. In addition I found this New York Times ‚Antiracist Reading List‚ with more in-depth books about a variety of different issues.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saads

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

MORE BOOKS:

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America by Nikesh Shukla

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

MORE BOOK RELATED LINKS

BLACK OWNED BOOKSTORES IN THE U.S.

During my research I came across this list. It shows you a lot of amazing black owned Bookstores in the US, another great way to support the community.
Actually a note to all my readers and not only from the US, try to support local and independent Bookstores instead of mindlessly ordering online.
I’m also working on a Blogpost about European stores & companies run by POC.

BOOKS ABOUT RACISM FOR KIDS & PARENTING

A list of Award winning Books for children and young adults from black authors & illustrators about African American culture and universal human values.

ANOTHER LIST: 15 Books About Race and Racism for Kids to Start the Dialogue at Home

GERMAN BOOKS ABOUT RACISM & XENOPHOBIA

This isn’t a problem that exclusively affects America. Not at all. It is a worldwide problem. So wherever you live, educate yourself about what is going on in your country and find ways to help and take action.

Deutschland Schwarz Weiß. Der alltägliche Rassismus by Noah Sow

Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum by Fatma Aydemir & Hengameh Yaghoobifarah

Gegen den Hass by Carolin Emcke

Schonzeit vorbei by Juna Grossmann

Desintegriert Euch! by Max Czollek

Exit Racism by Tupoka Ogette (auch bei Spotify als Hörbuch)

HELPFUL ARTICLES WITH MORE RESOURCES & LINKS

LISTEN & WATCH

PODCASTS
SERIES & VIDEOS

Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives (Youtube)

Dear White People (Netflix)

When They see us (Netflix)

Let’s get to the root of racial injustice (Youtube)

13th (Netflix) ! absolute MUST SEE !

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix & free on Youtube)

Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)

Who Killed Malcom X? (Netflix)

American Son (Netflix)

PEACEFUL PROTESTS

Peaceful Protests are so powerful to make our voices heard. But please read this again: PEACEFUL.
Let us demonstrate exactly what we are fighting for.
NON-VIOLENCE, EQUALITY, JUSTICE & PEACE.

Also please keep in mind, Covid is still threatening many lives (especially the elderly), let’s protect each other, wear your mask, stay healthy.

ARTICLE How to Protest Safely During a Pandemic

I found this Germany-wide demonstration on Instagram. It is a ‚Silent Demo‚, all other participating cities and information can be found here.
Please let me know if you have sources and dates for other trusted and peaceful protests. Also international. I will add to this list regularly.

SILENT DEMO UPDATE: Please check the official @silent_demo_06.06.2020 IG account, because places & times changed (I updated everything down bellow).

COLOGNE UPDATE: There will be no Silent Demo, but @we_see_you_koeln_06.06.2020 organized another powerful Demo.
Find all the infos down bellow & check the official IG account regularly.
ALSO COLOGNE ‚March against racist police violence‘ (07.06.2020, 15:00 Uhr, Neumarkt Köln)

BERLIN

06.06.2020 • 14:00 Uhr
Alexanderplatz

HAMBURG

06.06.2020 • 14:00 Uhr
Jungfernstieg (Flaggenplatz)

FRANKFURT

06.06.2020 • 14:00 Uhr
Römer

STUTTGART

06.06.2020 • 14:00 Uhr
Oberer Schlossgarten

KÖLN

06.06.2020 • 13:00 Uhr
Deutzer Werft

MÜNCHEN

06.06.2020 • 15:00 Uhr
Königsplatz

MAINZ

06.06.2020 • 14:00 Uhr
Hauptbahnhof

MANNHEIM

06.06.2020 • 14:00 Uhr
Schloss

DÜSSELDORF

06.06.2020 • 14:00 Uhr
DGB-Haus

DORTMUND

06.06.2020 • 16:00 Uhr
Hansaplatz

MAKE A DONATION

I know that the last few months have been very difficult for many people, both health-wise and financially. Please don’t feel bad, if your current financial situation doesn’t allow you to make a donation, as this Blogpost shows, there are still so many possibilities to contribute your help for free. Also keep in mind, some of these organisations maybe reach their saving goals, so please make sure that they still accept donations.

ARTICLE How to Make Sure You’re Donating Effectively
ARTICLE Split Donation between 39 community Bail Funds (US)
LIST of Funds for Victims

Some Charities & Funds who fight against Racism, Injustice & Police Bruatlity (there are so many more, I will keep adding):

SAVED & FOLLOWED ON INSTAGRAM

Some educational Posts that went viral for a good reason, some that will help you understand & the stunning Ladies that I’ve been following for years now.

When you're done: Educate Yourself. This doesn't go away once the Topic isn't 'Trending'.

via Black Lives Matter
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