State of Union (Yoga) Address

Anti-Racism Tools and Resources

In order for us to evolve into a society that views each and every person equally, we must be willing to unlearn the lessons taught to us by a system of oppression.

This resource guide is invaluable but it is just a supplement  to the actual work that needs to be done.

These articles, podcasts, and books listed below, and many more, will make you uncomfortable.

That is the point.

They are meant to make you sit and listen to unamplified voices.

You will learn about the prejudices, injustices, and violence imparted on the BIPOC community. About the cunning ways society has worked to belittle communities that built and sustained this country. What these stories will not do is give you an exact blueprint about how you go out and fight racism.

This is a journey you will have to take on your own. Through self reflection. Through conversation. These resources will not only broaden your knowledge, they will broaden your perspective. While you read and listen, pay attention not only to the words flowing, but to your own thoughts that might arise.

Are you questioning why something is being said?
Do you agree or disagree with something?
How is it making you feel?

Ask these questions of yourself then reflect on why you are asking these questions or having these feelings. Through this journey, you will begin to learn about your own biases; we all have them.

When you start to learn them, and address them, only then will you be able to start your journey towards anti-racism and pull away from the single point-of-view mindset.

Some terms to know before you start

BIPOC

Black Indigeounous and People of Color 

Tone Policing

“A conversational tactic that dismisses the ideas being communicated when they are perceived to be delivered in an angry, frustrated, sad, fearful, or otherwise emotionally charged manner.”
– Dictionary.com 

Intergenerational Trauma

Trauma that occurred several generations removed from the current generation but is still being felt, impacting emotional, mental, and physical health. 

Cultural Appropriation

Taking and adopting as one’s own the cultural practices of another cultural group without the specific consent of that group. You may have heard about this in the music, food (and this one by the BBC), fashion, and other creative fields/industries. This is almost always done without acknowledgment of the history and meaning behind what is being appropriated.

Racial Gaslighting

“Racial gaslighting often comes about when a victim is led to doubt and question their own sense of reality with regard to racism”
Angelique Davis to the BBC.

Intergenerational Trauma

Complicity- “Complicit is being involved in, helping, knowing about (but not stopping) wrongdoing.”
@antiracismeveryday

Reading

Books are a means to step into a different world. Everyone’s story is different and yet, you will find in these books, there is much overlap. We encourage you to read these through the lens of an active reader; read outloud, take notes, highlight. At the end of each chapter, summarize what you just read. As you continue to read these books and many more during your journey, you will build a foundation that will help you recognize injustices and fight back.

Yoga for Everyone

by Dianne Bondy

Skill in Action

by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Additional Reading

Check out this amazing list of books written by POC (put together by Rachel Cargle)

You’ve read the books and the articles, now here’s what you can do with it

  • Create a “safer space” (“safe” looks different for everyone) for everyone. The article was specifically meant for larger conference-like settings, but the steps to create an inclusive, safer space, can be scaled down for smaller groups.
  • Learn how to be a better ally here
  • Create (or join) an affinity group
  • Create an equity discussion group

Can’t meet in person? Host it over zoom or google meets  

Podcasts

An Uncomfortable (But Meaningful) Conversation About Race

Lama Rod Owens on Ten Percent Happier

Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence

Resmaa Menakem on OnBeing

Ancestral Healing for Anti-Racist White Folks

 Kelly Germaine-Strickland & Jardana Peacock on Irresistible/Healing Justice Podcast

Natal

A podcast docuseries about having a baby while Black.

More podcasts

John Powell- Othering and Belonging from Mind and Life

Videos, Music, and Movies

Talking About Race with Kids

Watch….

  • This TEDx talk with Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race”. 

Listen…

Conversation Starters

Read….

  • Time article on why white parents need to do more than talk talk to their kids on racism 
  • Research on bias starting in infancy to back up bias starting in infancy- here and here  
  • Antiracist Baby- Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky. Buy here, here, or at local indie shop near you
  • Amazing list of resources compiled by PBS, from books to articles and even a couple videos, on the importance of discussing race and diversity with your children. 
  • 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race
  • The Golden Rule– Talking about diversity and tolerance, while also navigating the topics of racism and prejudice can be difficult, but it is a lifelong journey, one that starts in early childhood. The Golden Rule helps parents have these discussions with their kids, breaking it down by age group. 
  • 30 Books on Diversity to Read to your Child
  • Diverse storylines– There doesn’t necessarily have to be a lesson- just showing kids a diverse cast of characters and protagonists can make a huge difference! 
  • ADL article on how to talk about race with kids
  • AHA! Parenting post on talking (broken down by age group) about racism, police brutality, and protests 

Stay Informed

  • WhenWeAllVote has put together amazing resources, from knowing your rights to state-by-state information. Not sure if you’re registered? You can check here!
  • Vote.org lists polling stations, gives you election reminders, and helps you register to vote, and more! Better yet, they have broken it up by state.
  • 2020 is more than the Presidential election. State legislators and governors will also be up for election this November. These are just as important, so it is extremely important that you read up on the candidates in your state!
  • There is A LOT of information floating around regarding the elections. Every media outlet has something to say about what is going on in the political sphere. While it is super important to stay up to date, it is equally as important to know what it is you are reading (media literacy)
  • The GoodTrade has listed a few news resources and podcasts, as well as apps that are more neutral in their reporting. 
  • CNN listed 25 ways to be (and stay) politically active, no matter which direction you might lean

Stay Informed

  • Donate- If you have the financial ability, this may seem like an obvious first step, but donations, no matter how small, can be incredibly helpful!
  • You can support these 50 Black Yogis and Yoga Studios 
  • Buy from the BIPOC community 
    • @Buyfrombipoc– Instagram account that promotes BIPOC creatives 
    • Rachel Rickettes (@iamrachelricketts) put together an amazing list of places you can shop to boost the BIPOC economy 
  • Continue to uplift marginalized voices
  • Don’t stay silent- Silence=complicity. If you see something, say something. If you’re not sure how to be an effective bystander, take a bystander intervention training, IHollaback offers great, free trainings. Make sure to check back periodically to see their updated schedule. They also have great resources for you to check out!
  • This is a lifelong journey! Anti-Racism Daily created a document with “Lifestyle Changes to Help You Do Sustainable, Long Term Anti-Racist Work”

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