To say the past few weeks have been filled with hard conversations, would be an understatement. The death of George Floyd was only one in many injustices against Black people that our country has witnessed and enacted for hundreds of years. To turn away from the facts, to stay silent, to refuse to listen, are all acts of violence that we as a company and as humans do not want to partake in. At Be, we acknowledge the lack of diversity in our community and are looking forward to learning ways in which we can become a truly inclusive space for all. So that every time a new body enters our space (on or offline), they can feel welcome no matter the color of their skin. But, we also acknowledge the complexities of unlearning that we all as a community have to do in order to make this a reality.
So, as we have taken a recent break from communications on some of our social media, we have taken the time to engage with some valuable resources which we believe everyone in our community could benefit from. Brace yourself for a roller coaster of emotions as you navigate your privilege in discomfort; feelings of guilt and shame are to be expected but we promise that by doing the work you will overcome them and find the true meaning of allyship. Please approach these resources with an open mind and an open heart. The work is not easy, but we believe, we know, that together we can do this.
We are only sharing a small fraction of what’s out there to be read and known, so by no means is this a comprehensive list. Yet we think these resources are great departing points towards allyship.
Rachel Cargle has curated resources into short prompts to think critically about racism in the U.S. and work to become better allies with the Black community. This 30 day "Do The Work" course is an action-based learning tool to analyze "how race relations play out over history and manifest themselves in modern times." Rachel provides resources and action items to engage meaningfully with each day's topic. If you are not familiar with Rachael’s work, we highly recommend you also visit and support her projectThe Great Unlearn for additional resources.
Have any of the following questions crossed your mind:
This shared document is a compilation of strong BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices, which together create the perfect beginner approach to some of the most relevant concepts one needs to understand when it comes to racism. The resources in this document are a good starting point so that you can remove your fears, feel empowered to speak up, and (un)learn more.
We hope you find these resources useful and inspiring as you embark on your own journey into becoming a better ally and better human. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org