There is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said by those far more eloquent. For me, the best way I can be helpful right now is by having small group conversations with my communities to encourage open dialogue and learn/teach/empathize. Hopefully these smaller conversations lead to larger ripples.
With that in mind, some of my colleagues and I put together a list of resources for our fellow coworkers to help educate those who want to learn more about racism, the black community, talking to children about race, and ways to be an ally.
Lists of National Resources
Children’s books to encourage inclusion
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kosteki Shaw
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul