Like many of you, I am deeply saddened and angered by the racist murders and crimes being committed against people of color in the US. The massacre in Charleston is an abomination, a grave and obscene moment in our nation’s history, but one that should not be considered out of character, unthinkable, surprising. Our nation’s history is filled with racism and violence and white people need to stand up, wake up, and say, “No more! Not in our names!” I’ve compiled all the articles and actions I can find, and will continue to add to the list as I find new information. Please leave links in the comments.
Many of the links below I have found on FB and Twitter. Ron Berry has generously compiled many on his FB page. I apologize for not linking every single person who has shared these.
Supporting AME Church and thank you Angeliska Polacheck for the links.
• You can make a donation to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund at any Wells Fargo branch across the USA.
• Send a check to Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, c/o City of Charleston, P.O. Box 304, Charleston, S.C. 29402.
• Text ‘prayforcharleston’ to 843-606-5995 or go to www.bidr.co/prayforcharleston to donate by credit card.
• Send a check to Lowcountry Ministries, a South Carolina nonprofit that also has established a fund to help Emanuel and support projects for youth and vulnerable populations, at Lowcountry Ministries — the Rev. Pinckney Fund, c/o The Palmetto Project, 6296 Rivers Ave. #100, North Charleston, S.C. 29406.
• Donate to the Pinckney Fund online at palmettoproject.org via major credit card or PayPal.
• Give directly to Emanuel AME Church. You can donate online via major credit card or PayPal.
Activists/Hashtags On Twitter
Charleston Syllabus is a huge resources of current events, slavery in the US, southern history and more.
Ferguson Response includes actions for Charleston around the country. You can add your own, or find one in your city.
Showing Up For Racial Justice is a great way for white allies and accomplices to get involved and learn.
A petition to remove the Confederate Flag from governmental places, Move On.
In Austin, a call to take down the Jefferson Statue.
Also in Austin, Undoing Racism Austin.
Articles and Commentary
Ta-nehisi Coates writes in The Atlantic, Take Down The Confederate Flag-Now
Charles P. Pierce and his Esquire piece,
Charleston Shooting-Speaking The Unspeakable, Thinking The Unthinkable
T. Rees Shapiro at Washington Post Washington And Lee University To Remove Confederate Flags Following Protests.
Murders In Charleston Jelani Cobb for The New Yorker
What Is Whiteness by Nell Irvin Painter in the NY Times.
A South African Calls for Accountability, Not Forgiveness in Charleston by Xolela Mangcu in The Root.
The Huffington Post’s Ben Hallman
The Confederate Flag Is a Racist Symbol of a Failed Rebellion. It’s Not a Debate.
A white ally speaks, Marcy Taylor Rizzi at Luckygirl75.
White Terrorism Is As Old As America, by Brit Bennett in the NY Times
Medium’s John E. Price writes, Yes You’re A Racist…And A Traitor.
On Alternet, Dr. Robin Diangelo discusses 11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility For It’s Racism.
Baynard Woods writes at The Washington Post Only White People Can Save Themselves From Racism and White Supremacism.
Aaron Barksdale at Huffington Post shares 7 Was To Be A White Ally For Charleston And The Black Community.
For parents who need to discuss the shootings with their children, Britni writes at Fiending For Hope, Resources For White Parents On Talking To Kids About White Supremacy and Racism.
6 Ways White Supremacy Takes Its Toll On Black People’s Mental Health by Terrell Jermaine Starr at Salon
Two articles on mental health and illness (and how that’s not the trigger here) from Arthur Chu at Salon It’s Not About Mental Illness: The Big Lie That Always Follows Mass Shootings By White Males and from Julia Craven Racism Is Not A Mental Illness.
David Remnick from The New Yorker Charleston and the Age of Obama.
Joshua Dubois We Need To Talk About White Culture in The Daily Beast.
Reverend Broderick Greer in Philly.Com on Nothing Isolated About The Shooting.
Lydia Polgreen for the NY Times From Ferguson To Charleston And Beyond, Anguish About Race Keeps Building.