Responding to Bigotry and Harassment

With the 2016 election, an uptick in harassment and violence has come. We must keep ourselves & each other safe.

Relevant readings

Audre Lorde: The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism: keynote presentation by Audre Lorde.

Essential Reading for Racial Justice: books about “the conversations surrounding racial injustice”, recommended by Jim Wallis.

How to talk to your loved ones about a Trump Presidency.

Conflict Resolution and Alternatives to the Police.

Here are some resources that deal with specific issues.

Keep your community friendly & safe

Hate Has No Home Here: multilingual signs with the message “Hate has no home here.”

Welcome Your Neighbors: multilingual signs with the message “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

Yes, I’ll Accompany My Neighbor.: sign-up for people in New York City willing to travel with those who’d like someone to accompany them. By the Arab American Association of New York.

Learn about gender

A feminist glossary because we didn’t all major in gender studies: key terms about “feminism or other gender topics”. By USA Today.

Learn about race

Are You Sure You’re Not Racist?: confronting racism.

#CharlestonSyllabus & #FergusonSyllabus: readings about specific events of racial injustice & their historical background.

Lynching in America: Confronting the History of Racial Terror: provides historical background of acts of racial terror against African Americans. By the Equal Justice Initiative & Google.

Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves: readings about racial injustice & actions to fight it.

One Last Try At Explaining Racism To White People: “It is the inconsistency, inattention, carelessness and power of white people that has entrenched racism so deeply into our societal systems.”

Understanding Systemic Anti-Black Racism in the United States: A Reference List for #BlackLivesMatter: provides historical background for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Learn about privilege

How Privileged Are You?: “check(list) your privilege”; while written for the people of India, broadly applicable worldwide.

White Privilege Resource Guide: understanding & dealing with unearned privilege, and how to become an ally. By the Gleeson Library at the University of San Francisco.

Become an ally

Conversations on Racism With White People Getting Stuck or Looping? Thirteen Questions To Get It Moving Again: advice for “having these difficult, awkward and hard conversations”.

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies: “six things you can do to be stronger allies”.

The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People: for respectful writing about transgender people.

Confront bigotry & harassment

How America Spreads the Disease that is Racism by not Confronting Racist Family Members and Friends: “[…] if we can identify the symptoms, then we can put a stop to it through education and awareness.”

How to Help if Someone is Being Harassed: tips to respond & intervene even without directly confronting the harasser. By the New York Times.

Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry: guide to responding to bigotry & harassment, as well as countering bias, in many settings. By the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Respond to racism

5 Ways to Disrupt Racism: video in response to post-Brexit hate.

Another Day, Another Hashtag. White People, You Gotta Get to Work NOW: various actions to fight racism.

How to Be an Anti-Racism Activist: various ways to raise awareness for & support anti-racism efforts.

Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them.: why merely calling out racism is ineffective, and what strategies are effective in fighting racism.

Respond to fascism & group supremacy

Six Things You Can Do in the Wake of the White Supremacist Attacks in Charlottesville: action steps to take in response to the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Respond to Islamophobia

One American Muslim’s Requests: ways to fight Islamophobia.

What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment: step-by-step guide to responding to Islamophobic harassment.

Support immigrants & refugees

5 Concrete Ways to Help Migrant Children and Families at the Border: “five concrete and efficacious ways you can really help, now”.

For the LGBTQ+ community

LGBTQ+ affirming ministries within Christian denominations:

Affirming Church Directory & Affirming Denominations: churches & denominations in the United States & Canada that welcome LGBTQ+ people. By the GALIP Foundation.

Modern Kinship’s Resource Guide for LGBTQ Christians and Allies: books, blogs, support groups, advocacy groups.

Q Christian Fellowship: supports the LGBTQ+ community.

Queer Grace: LGBTQ+ & Christian resources.

Wet Feet Ministry: offers a safe place for questions & support for LGBTQ+ people facing opposition from religious communities.

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