Be a co-conspirator, Not an ally
In this classic episode of Wine, Women, and Revolution, Heather interviews 3 organizers from Black Lives Matter NJ about their organizing work and a local police involved shooting. They discuss the shootings of Rashawn Washington and LaShanda Anderson, state sanctioned racial violence, “allyship”, gentrification, and what people can do if they really want to help support justice and equity (Hint: It involves not calling the police all the time). Talking about racial issues can be hard. These women give an open and honest account of how racism hurts. White people need to do better. If you are committed to doing better, listen to these women. Don’t get defensive. Sometimes we need to shut up and support people doing the work. Listen to the wisdom these women share and learn from them. If you have the means, support them financially.