People who organize against racism are very much needed today. Did you know that about 25 (and sometimes even up to 50) cross burnings happen in the U.S. every year? Or that Blacks are the main targets of racially-motivated hate crimes? One of the leading American civil rights groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center, has a “Hate Incidents” page on its website organized by year and state; on this page, it states that the “incidents include only a fraction of the approximately 191,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2005 government report estimated occur annually” (splcenter.org). That is a shocking number. How do we work to increase acceptance? (Read about our conversation with Mark Potok of the SPLC earlier this year.)
This all relates to our film, Crossing the River, which is inspired by a true story of a racially-motivated cross burning targeted at a biracial family. One of our goals with this film is to help raise awareness of the continuing need to organize against racism and empower people with resources to do it. We have ties to anti-racist organizations, and we want to help YOU get involved in the fight against racism. Getting involved might mean volunteering or attending a conference (like Facing Race 2012 this fall), or it might just mean watching videos and reading articles, then sharing with your friends and professional network. It matters what you do, no matter how big or how small the act.
Here are some ways you can help to be an advocate!
Visit our links to organizations on our Resources page which we will continue to expand.
Professor Mark Warren of Harvard University talks about ways to get involved.
Watch the Facing Race 2012 Conference trailer (November 15-17 in Baltimore, Maryland)
Attend anti-racist workshops, like “What White People Can Do About Racism” workshop offered by the Center for the Study of White American Culture, Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training, or other organizations in your area.
Organize teach-ins at your workplace, in your neighborhood or at your place of worship. Here are some resources to help you get started in your faith community:
- Anti-racism in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Anti-racism Resources from the United Church of Christ
- Journey Toward Wholeness Path to Anti-racism from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
- Resource bibliography for dismantling racism and building inclusive communities of equity
Explored the Project RACE website, an organization that advocates for multiracial children, teens, adults and families.
Sign the “I’m an NAACP American: Stop Hate Now” petition and sign up for action alerts.
Read ColorLines magazine, share articles, leave comments, sign up for email updates, and follow along through social media.
Subscribe (for free) to the Applied Research Center’s “toolbox” which provides resources and materials to advocate for racial justice.
We will continue to grow our Resources page and will provide more ways you can help fight racism on a continuing basis. Please share this post with your friends and community! Together, we can, and are, making a positive change in the world.