We are feeling angry, heartbroken, helpless and so, so fed up with what has been happening to our Black and BIPOC family, friends and neighbors—throughout the history of this nation, which calls itself the “greatest” one.
Our Pledge of Allegiance states, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We have failed that pledge spectacularly.
Now here we are, picking up the pieces of senseless hatred and violence. We can no longer stay silent during the struggle of our fellow Americans.
We MUST show up.
Mothers should not lose sons and daughters should not lose fathers because we haven’t answered for the systemic racism and oppression our country was shamefully founded upon. We mourn for these tragically lost lives and we stand in solidarity with everyone protesting for change, for Black lives, and Black futures.
While we examine our own processes and accountability here at Qeep Up, we want to share resources and information to help us all be better allies to the Black and BIPOC community. It’s too late, but we hope it won’t be too little—that this is the beginning of the end of a harsh, cruel and unjust system.
If you’re also feeling helpless, start by learning more, speaking up when you can, and if you’re in a position of power, lifting up those around you who aren’t. We especially want to support Black-owned businesses, particularly those with female owners.
Reach out to us if you need support or if you have ideas for how we can use our platform to help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guide to Allyship
10 Things Allies Can Do
How to be a Good White Ally
Amy Cooper, White Spaces and the Political Projection of Whiteness
Holy shit, being an ally isn’t about me!
The ‘some of my best friends are black’ defense
Raising Race Conscious Children
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Brooklyn Bail Fund
National Lawyers Guild
Atlanta Solidarity Fund
Black Visions Collective
Reclaim the Block
Color of Change
Black Art Futures Fund
Black AIDS Institutes
Text FLOYD to 55156
SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESS
TEACH YOUR KIDS
This Saturday, June 6th at 10am EST, the long running childhood favorite, Sesame Street, will hold a Town Hall with CNN to discuss racism with families. The one hour special will include Big Bird, CNN’s Van Jones and Erica Hill to moderate, with appearances by Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita. If you have little ones, don’t miss Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism.
We also compiled a list of highly-rated children’s books that feature strong black characters of all ages. Even if you don’t have children, please consider purchasing a few as gifts to help support both the authors and the messaging.
The Day You Begin
If I Ran for President
Think Big, Little One
Dream Big, Little One
Freedom in Congo Square
I, Too, Am America
Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born
Before John Was Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
The King of Kindergarten