Other Collective at UC Davis Statement Release
Dear Campus Community, Readers & Friends, near and far,
We want to give you all space to process the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. We are horrified and heartbroken at yet another tragedy and loss of innocent Black lives at the hand of police violence and systemic anti-blackness that is rooted in the foundation of this nation.
Non-black members of the SA/SWANA (South Asian, South West Asian and North African) communities, it is essential we start addressing the anti-blackness within our own communities, and actively dismantle structures that allow for systemic oppression: caste-ism, colorism, and white-supremacy passed down to us by colonial histories. While we cannot instantaneously undo years of learning and subsequent internalized racism, we can take personal and collective action to educate ourselves and our community members. And we can stop engaging in microaggressions and stereotyping.
Even as people of color (POC), we hold privileges from systems that are anti-black in their nature. We must be willing to use this privilege to uplift the voices of our Black community members in an effort to change this culture of anti-blackness. We need to hold one another accountable for our actions and move toward reflection with the ultimate goal of solidarity and meaningful allyship.
We challenge other organizations to use their platforms and not stay silent. However, we urge media platforms to be cognizant in their coverage of these issues and the real effects of that coverage on the brave protestors calling for justice.
Other Collective Media Team
Below are links for donations that directly support efforts mobilized by the Black community. Even if you are unable to donate, we hope to see you practice allyship through actively engaging in discourse and supporting the Black community.
Mental Health Resources:
Counseling Services is here for you, and you can schedule a telemental health appointment at 530-752-0871. We also have some amazing CAN Counselors available for you. You can also find CAN Counselors and use the website below to find a therapist that best meets your needs.
If you’re in a crisis, text RELATE to 741741 to chat with a crisis counselor or call 800-273-8255.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to navigate mental health resources.
Call 211 for community resources near you that can provide medical, mental health and financial support in 180 different languages.
Ways that Asian Americans Can Show Up:
Talking to Your Family About BLM:
Tackling Anti-Black Racism in Our Communities:
Script for Dealing with Anti-Blackness in South Asian Spaces:
On What We Can Do for Racial Justice:
New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
So you want to talk about race? by Ijeoma Oluo
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Why are all the Black Kids sitting together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Who do you serve, who do you protect?
Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
Supporting Black Owned Businesses:
Black Wall Street Directory https://officialblackwallstreet.com/directory/
Support Black Owned https://www.supportblackowned.com/
For Description: Click on the link in our bio to visit a more extensive list for ways to help and get educated! Other resources listed in the post have been pulled out from Pooja Prasad’s masterlist on Subtle Curry Girls Traits Facebook Page.