What You Can Do To Be An Ally
Start by educating yourself on the history of racial injustice in America and it’s harmful impacts on black communities to this day. Below is a video explaining systemic racism for all ages.
Second, amplify the voices and experiences of black community members. The Center that CARES in Pittsburgh’s Hill District created the powerful video below to raise awareness.
Third, explain to people why responding to black lives matter with “all lives matter” is harmful. #BlackLiveMatter was created by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for Trayvon Martin’s 2013 murder.
When people say “all lives matter,” it discounts and diminishes the focus on the violence and discrimination black individuals face every day in the United States. Check out how ABC10 News personality Chris Thomas answers this viewer question below:
Fourth, support the black community by checking in on your neighbors, protesting, supporting your local black-owned businesses, voting, and donating to racial justice organizations. Below are some resources to help you understand systemic racism and how you can work with the black community to stop it.
Pitt Community Resources
- Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) provides educational and academic resources beneficial to strengthening activism and white allyship, including events and Covid-specific resources.
- Pitt’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has put together diversity resources and ways to get involved at Pitt.
- Join the Department of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity Book Club to read engaging and through-provoking books that are relevant to today’s society. June’s book was “How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi . The next meeting will be on August 12th, 2020 to discuss Ijeoma Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race” Conversations about the chosen book are held frequently and can be found on Pitt’s Events Calendar.
- July 28-30, 2020 Pitt’s Office of Diversity & Conclusion will be holding their Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action forum, which will focus on how to strengthen diversity at Pitt!
- Find and commit to a diverse supplier base when making purchases through Panther Express. Find purchasing options that support diversity here.
- Watch the recording of Pitt School of Law’s virtual webinar Race, Police, and Unarmed Civilian Deaths: What Can Be Done? that had over 1,000 attendees on June 10, 2020.
- Watch and attend upcoming town halls of This is Not “Normal”. Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19 hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. On July 8th, the series focused on discussing systematic racism, capitalism, and the history of inequity in a virtual town hall titled “ Toxic Recipe: The Historical Ingredients of American Inequity”.
- Learn more about race and policing from the CRSP.
Read statements/calls to actions written by Pitt community members and organizations:
- Racial Justice: Get Connected, Get Committed (James Huguley, Interim Director of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems)
- We Are Done Dying (Morgan Ottley, President, Pitt’s Black Action Society)
- Black Lives Matter: Now Is the Time to Lift Up Black Voices (The Pitt News Editorial Board)
- Check out live recorded Workshops from Pitt’s 2020 Diversity Forum
- Find out who is on your voting ballot and their stance on addressing racial injustices at vote411.org
- Learn how to protest safely.
- Stay healthy while protesting during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Learn about anti-racism from PittEd Justice Collective
- All Pitt faculty, staff, & students now have access to NameCoach, a program which allows you to record and share the pronunciation of your name with others. Your recorded name can be easily shared in your email signature, on LinkedIn, and through social media. In addition, NameCoach gives you the option to specify your personal gender pronouns.
Support Black-owned Businesses
- Black-owned business and restaurants in in Pittsburgh
- Find black-owned businesses in your Pittsburgh neighborhood via Cocoapreneur, created by a Pitt alum
- Purchase clothing and accessories from sustainable, black-owned businesses: Knotzland, Proclaim, Stuzo Clothing, BLK MKT Vintage, Wasi Clothing, and Most Prominent Co.
- 68 Nationally black-owned clothing businesses
- Black-owned book stores you can order from online
- List of black-owned restaurants by city and state
- Black-owned home brands
- 125 Black-owned businesses from NY Mag
- 22 Social Justice Organizations to Support Right Now
- Pittsburgh Bailout Fund
- Supporting protestors in every city
- National Bailout Fund
- Anti-racism reading list recommendations organized by category and age group
- Anti-racism resources
- Learn more about the experiences of black individuals in the criminal justice system
- Understanding and confronting implicit bias
- 75 ways to use your privilege
- Pitt employees get your Diversity and Inclusion Certificate
- Watch “The path to ending systemic racism in the US” where Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression
Sustainability & Equity Articles
- Black Environmentalist Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism
- How Racial Injustice And The Climate Crisis Are Inseparable Emergencies
- Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most
- It’s Time for Environmental Studies to Own Up to Erasing Black People
- Al Gore: Climate Action is “Bound Together” with Racial Equality and Liberation
- Environmental Racism is Real, According to Trump’s EPA
- How Racism Manifests in Clean Energy
- Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism & Climate Change