A list of ways to help end systemic racism.
A lot has happened in the last few weeks and many of us have just hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding systemic racism. While this information has long been available, many of us have been blind to it, or too uncomfortable to accept it. It’s time that we all start paying attention. It's time to education ourselves, and to take action.
We created this list as a resource to help people do just that, education and act.
This is a way to start, but we also encourage you to familiarize yourself with finding resources and organizations yourself. Stretch the boundaries of your google searches, broaden the variety of books on your shelves, watch a documentary that makes you uncomfortable. There is no lack of information, we just have to make it a priority to seek it out.
We know systemic racism is real because of the following:
- The Wealth Gap:
- The median White family has 41 times more wealth than the median Black family and 22 times more wealth than the median Latino family.
- Black families in America earn just $57.30 for every $100 in income earned by white families.
- The Black unemployment rate has consistently been 2x the rate of white unemployment.
- Black Americans with college degrees are still twice as likely to be unemployed as other graduates.
- Black individuals are three times more likely to be suspended than their white classmates, even when their infractions are similar.
- Black and Hispanic students are less likely to have access to experienced teachers.
- Black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in gifted and talented programs and in college-preparatory classes such as Advanced Placement (AP).
- Schools attended by minorities have relatively more support dedicated to discipline and less to guidance.
- Criminal Justice:
- While the national population is made up of approximately 12% Black individuals, the prison population is approximately 33% black.
- Black male offenders received sentences on average 19.1% longer than similarly situated White male offenders.
- Just 41 percent of Black households own their own home, compared with more than 73 percent of white households.
- College-educated Black people are less likely to own their own homes than white people who never finished high school.
- Police Violence:
- Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police than white people.
- Black people are 1.3x more likely to be unarmed when killed by police than white people.
- Health Care:
- Black patients receive less, and lower quality health care in comparison to white patients with similar circumstances.
- Black people are 2-6x times more likely to die of complications due to pregnancy and childbirth than white people.
- Black households are 2x more likely to be food insecure than white households
Here are some of the resources that we’ve found helpful in working toward ending systemic racism.
Fellow B-Corp and midnight snack VIP Ben & Jerry’s not only took a no-nonsense approach to it’s stance on racism, but they also put together this amazing list of things that each of us can do to help.
Knowers of all things food & restaurant, Eater made a list of organizations that are working to support Black food sovereignty and not only is each of these organizations inspirational, they also offer educational information, and many are taking donations. The also have this list of NYC’s Black-owned restaurants.
For a list of Black-owned restaurants in Philly, check out Visit Philly.
Shoppe Black has this list of Black-owned and operated farms and food growers across the US. Be sure to check out the comments section for more farms not included on the list and if you find one near you, see if you can sign up for a CSA!
This 21-Day Challenge that many of us on the Happy Valley team are taking will help to make a habit of understanding power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.