What Happened to Sandra Bland?

What can you do?

1. Sign this petition so the U.S. Department of Justice will take over the investigation.  The Sheriff in Waller County TX has previously been fired for racist actions and the prosecutor also has a history of racist comments and prejudicial prosecuting, so we need federal assistance investigating Sandra’s death.  The officer who arrested her has been placed on administrative duty for violating procedures.

2. Broaden your definition of racism.  racism definitionDon’t quote the dictionary at me; it was written and updated by white men, making it an oppressive force.  Its definition of racism is incomplete and self-serving.  It defines racism as stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.  But that’s not ALL racism is. Many people experience those things, but only oppressed people experience all of that AND institutionalized violence and systematic erasure.  We cannot turn to the dictionary for real social justice definitions because “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house” (-Audre Lorde).  A more accurate definition of terms can be found in Social Justice Terminology.

3. Examine your own white privilege.  white privilegeTry not to be defensive.  This is not about YOU. An excellent article about the difference between you personally being a racist and the systematic institutional racism we all need to battle together can be found here.  Use existing resources, and tests for examining your privilege.  Learn about white fragility and white people’s typically defensive response.  Understand why white people struggle to admitcan be found here.  Use existing resources, and tests for examining your privilege.  Learn about white fragility and white people’s typically defensive response. racism is real.   If you truly look at yourself in the mirror and realize you are a part of this twisted reflection we’ve all created, you can become part of phenomenon of dismantling racial hatred and oppression everywhere.

4. Talk to your friends and coworkers.  black lives matterShare information on social media. If you see or hear racist shit, CALL. IT. OUT. There are over 700 active hate groups in the United States! Join a local chapter of the anti-racist action network.  Join the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites.  Find out why feminism and anti-racism must be linked.  Change where you get your news from -if you are on twitter, listen to Black voices.  Follow The Root for Black news.  If you are on Facebook, consider joining Showing Up for Racial Justice or the Unpacking Privilege group.

 

5. Read & Learn:

cannot be partAdditional Information about Sandra Bland

8 Facts every person should know to understand racism

– Black Women’s Experiences with Police Brutality

– White womanhood and its problematic history with racism.

How to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism

– How to transform white fragility into courageous imperfection

– How white Americans can fight racism

– Why it’s so hard to talk to white people about racism

10 Things White Feminists should know to understand intersectionality

– The Black Feminist’s Guide to Racial Shit White Feminists Say

– List for Further Reading

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