COMMUNITY TAKING CARE

In Solidarity for Racial Justice

A CIVIC ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE

Students in the Upper School club Raising Awareness, Advocating Diversity and the Service Committee were driven to action after the senseless murder of Ahmaud Arbery, and subsequent lack of justice.  Simultaneously, images of violently enforced social distancing measures in communities of color overwhelmed students, who noticed that other communities were being treated more respectfully. Taking a stand of solidarity for racial justice, students created a video montage of Black Friends students reading a series of statements calling attention to 38 unarmed Black people who were killed unjustly following encounters with police or vigilantes.

 

After watching the video, we invite families to read the definitions of civic engagement and antiracism, and consider the action steps below. 

Action Steps:

 

Defining Civic Engagement:

Civic engagement is taking action by yourself or as part of a group to address an issue that affects your community. This can take many different forms, from holding elected officials accountable for their actions to making sure that other people are aware of the issues that you care about. This type of engagement entails taking the time to think outside of your own immediate experience and to reflect on how you can use your platform to help others. 

 

Defining Antiracism: 

Antiracism is an active process of both identifying and eliminating racism. Understanding context, acknowledging your position and knowing your privilege can help you be as helpful as you can be in the fight against racism.

Combating racism and discrimination shouldn’t fall onto only one community. It’s important to acknowledge the privilege that we have to ignore things that are uncomfortable to us and to acknowledge that we could be doing more as an ally. Being an ally is not only acknowledging the privilege we have but also listening, supporting, and advocating for change. Allyship brings together various communities and creates a diverse group of people working toward a more equal and equitable world. Another aspect of anti-racism is discovering the implicit racial biases and stereotypes you have. Being aware of racial biases and actively working to overcome them is important because one's biases can reinforce the biases in others. Acting on your biases can have a negative impact on others despite your innocuous intentions. For deeper reflection on biases, check out the bias check on the FS Taking Care website. 

RESOURCES for RACIAL JUSTICE

 

 

Action Steps to Take Now

Organizations to Explore

 

Articles and Videos

 

Podcasts

Books

If you are buying a book, please consider purchasing it from a black-owned, or local bookstore. Here’s a list of a few with online stores, but do the research to find one in your area. You can also consider borrowing a book from the library or Friends Sora collection (Resources for Right Now, available in Sora) and donating the cost of the book to an organization.
 

Books for Adults:

 

Books for Young Adults:

  • Ghost Boys

  • Dear Martin

  • BUCK

  • This Book Is Anti-Racist

Books for Youth/Children:

 

Music

  • Spotify - BlackLivesMatter

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