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When They Ask You What You Did, Have an Answer

Mural by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

In the wake of the horrific events in Charlottesville, it seems like the time to take a break from posting the pretty things, and spend a minute on the ugly stuff.

White supremacy cannot continue. It has to go. Things have to change.

We have to change them.

If you are anything like us, right now you’re veering wildly between anger and fear, between a need to do something right this moment and not knowing what that thing even is. Therefore, we’ve put together some suggestions and resources to channel that energy.

1. Join a March or Protest. Even if you never have before. Get out there and take up some space. Be seen, be heard, be counted.  Here’s a great list of upcoming Anti-Nazi rallies from Uproxx.

2.Donate.  Many local marches need money for things like porta-potties, sound system rentals, and security- you’ll usually find a ‘donate’ button on the Facebook page for the event.  Donate to anti-hate groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, to groups that support minorities causes like Black Lives Matter or  NARF , or directly to help vulnerable communities through programs like Food Not Bombs.

3.Educate Yourself about Race and Racism.  Go read some stuff.  You could  start here.   *Note to the white readers- please do not rely on the people of color in your life to walk you through this. They’ve got other stuff to deal with right now. 

4.Watch Some Real News. Knowledge is power.  Vice,  Democracy Now! and The Young Turks are a good change from a steady diet of The Daily Show and Samantha Bee (not that I don’t love Sam Bee…).


Get Angry. Get sad. Finally tell your racist uncle why you stopped coming over for dinner. Do whatever you can, however you can. But do it today.

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  1. I’d also like to really recommend Life After Hate, a group that does work helping people who want to leave white supremacist groups and move away from their hatefulness and help communities tackle racism. The Trump Administration also recently took away their $400,00 grant they once had under the CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) program, so they could certainly use a few dollars and cents from those who can’t volunteer the time.

  2. How did you read my mind?

    I’ve been watching the news lately and been feeling so disappointed at the way things have changed and to see the fear in my family’s eyes over all that’s been happening. I grew up a Bosnian Muslim and a war refugee from the war in the 90s. My own father was murdered in a concentration camp when I was merely 3 years old, and my mother and I barely escaped…we got LUCKY. It’s been 25 years and we still have NO idea where my father’s remains are or IF they even are.

    We came to this country thinking we’d be safe and happy…that we’d have escaped all the hardships we’ve endured and all the violence. I never thought in a million years that it would follow us here. I am deeply distraught over the hatred and bigotry that I am seeing…yet, I have for a long time now felt a spiritual awakening and strength rise within me that tells me that it’s time to fight. I do not wish to turn my back on my heritage, my past or my present because it all means something so much bigger to me. This is not just about me, it’s about all of us standing up for what’s right. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to.

    Blessed be sisters!