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Living somewhat close to Baltimore and claiming to support social justice, I've felt a certain amount of guilt for not taking part in the recent protests
. (I do support the protesters; I just didn't carve out the time and energy.) But here's the thing: WHITE GUILT IS USELESS
Following in the footsteps of Val
, I'm using some of my economic privilege to fight white supremacy in the wake of racist violence including, but not limited to, last week's Charleston church shooting
and—more broadly—racial profiling, police brutality, mass incarceration of African-Americans, and the militarization of many U.S. police departments. Specifically, I've just donated $1000 toward anti-racist action. If, like me, you've benefited from white privilege and have the means to do so, I invite you to donate to these or similar groups fighting for racial justice.
I have donated $250 each to each of these organizations:Baltimore Racial Justice Action
is “an action-based organization grounded in collective analysis of structural racism and white privilege.” In addition to a supportive community and educational events, BRJA offers consulting and training to individuals and organizations that seek to become inclusive and equitable. Donate here
. Contributions are tax-deductible.
The American Civil Liberties Union
, which works on the fight for voting rights
, against the infuriating school-to-prison pipeline
, and on many other racial justice issues
. Donate here
. Donations to the ACLU are not tax-deductible
or employer-matchable; if that matters to you, donate to the ACLU Foundation here
.We the Protesters
works to “fulfill the democratic promise of our union, establish true and lasting justice, accord dignity and standing to everyone, center the humanity of oppressed people, promote the brightest future for our children, and secure the blessings of freedom for all black lives.” Donate via the PayPal button at the end of their homepage
. Donations are not tax-deductible.
The Equal Justice Initiative
works “to reform the criminal justice system, challenge poverty and the legacy of racial injustice, educate the public and policymakers, and create hope in marginalized communities.” Donate here
. Donations are tax-deductible and eligible for employer matching.Giving to any (or all!) of these organizations is a direct way to fight racism and white supremacy in the United States. Guilt is useless. Take action.