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Racial Injustice - Tool Kit to Aid the Black Community: Home

Racial Injustice Tool Kit to Aid the Black Community

The following information is being provided by the Marian University Unity Center as a starting point to dismantling the racial injustices and inequalities faced by the Black Community. The list of resources are by no means an end all answer, but rather resources to jump start ideas and initiatives.

If you would like to provide additional resources or ideas, please email Davyd Hall the Director of the Unity Center at dhall@marian.edu.

This guide was created by Davyd Hall, Cathi Cornelius, and Shelia Antley Counts for the Marian University Unity Center. Please submit content suggestions to dhall@marian.edu

For the Black Community

  • SELF-CARE!
    • Whatever that looks like, and if you need to explore to find it, now is the time
  • Take all the space or none of the space you need. Don’t be afraid to TAKE A BREAK.
  • Don’t feel pressured to speak
  • Find outlets and space where your input matters
  • Don’t feel pressured to carry the Black voice at work or in the classroom
  • Don’t take more burden on than you can carry
  • Find a comfortable support system and community, don’t battle alone
  • If you feel the need to protest, please be safe and make sure those around are there for the same purpose
  • Know what your triggers are
  • Create boundaries

Tips to Practice While Protesting

  • Stay hydrated
  • Dress for weather
  • Bring supplies such as: masks, hand sanitizer, milk, food and first aid
  • Inform an emergency contact
  • Know your area and surroundings
  • Designate rally points with group members
  • Maintain situational awareness and maintain social distance
  • Pay attention to suspicious people, packages and vehicles
  • Stay away from trash cans and mailboxes
  • Find cover or conceal yourself in the event of immediate threat
  • In the event of chemical agents, cover your face and move upwind
  • If there’s an explosion, exit quickly and safely 

Tips to Actively Protest from Home

  • Promote protest and informational updates in your area
  • Offer supplies to protesters
  • Volunteer your services, skills, and talents for protesters (make flyers, legal services, babysitting)
  • Contact government officials and advocate

For Counterparts and Allies

  • Increase your knowledge of the inequalities, anti-racism, critical race theory, culturally responsive teaching and inclusive pedagogy, which impact the Black community 
  • Review Marian's Unity Center Inclusive Language Glossary 
  • Listen more; Talk less to promote the opportunity of gaining perspective and brave space 
  • Try to resist the need to respond with a better or different insight about something you’ve read or listened to as it relates to a shared opinion or experience of a Black person 
  • Know the difference between an ally and wanting to not be a racist
    • An ally works to dismantle systems of oppression 
  • Please refrain from making remarks as if these occurrences are new
    • “I can’t believe this happens in this day and age” 
  • Remember that colorblindness is not a good thing 
  • Be mindful of opening up meetings and interactions with questions like “How are you” or “How was your weekend” during these times, it can be re-triggering 
  • Diversify your social media 
  • Acknowledge what is happening and share your empathy 
  • Don’t stay silent during injustice 
  • Prayer does not always lead to action, as some misuse the free will God has given 
  • Be aware of gas lighting language 
  • Do ask Black colleagues if they would like to make space to discuss BEFORE making space 
    • If yes, be sure to listen, don’t over apologize, don’t ask to be educated, don’t ask if you’ve been racist, and don’t force a Black person to share 
  • Ask for Black input before speaking on or toward the community 
  • 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice 

Action Item Idea

  • Dispel racism by planning within the following steps:
    • Notice the incident
    • Name the problem
    • Assume personal responsibility to address it
    • Choose an intervention strategy in which to address, act or speak on racism issues
      • Direct – Address the system or aggressor and come between them and the targets
      • Indirect – Address the target that was harmed
      • Distanced – Address the harm and impact
    • Take Action
  • Understand that being in solidarity has roles, which are:
    • Weavers
    • Experimenters
    • Frontline Responders
    • Visionaries
    • Builders
    • Caregivers
    • Disruptors
    • Healers
    • Storytellers
    • Guides
  • Promote opportunities for Black experience outside of the normal occurrences
  • Promote the opportunity for Black students to gain an education, which can positively impact their communities
  • Donate to Organizations that directly benefit the Black community
  • Join text or call movements
  • Bring more Black speakers to campus
  • Sign petitions
  • Assess systemic barriers and oppressions of Black communities, and how to dispel them
  • Register to Vote
  • Check in your black friends, family, partner and colleagues
  • Screenshot, share, and repost resources to educate those around you
  • Don’t center the narrative around you. Identify privilege and condemn it.
  • Stop supporting organizations that promote hate
  • Empathize - Depiction
  • Understand that it is uncomfortable for everyone, whether on the giving or receiving end
  • Be an ally! Continue being an ally after the outrage and don’t wait for an incident to occur.