15 Black and Indigenous Voices We’re Following to Be Better Antiracist Allies

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Challenging systemic racism starts with listening, learning and taking active steps to be supportive instead of neutral. Here are just some of the voices holding important discussions on fighting racism. Following them, listening to them and diversifying our social media feeds is a step we can all take today to become better allies.

Words by Gobe HQ

Photography by Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix of Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay 

Ava DuVernay is a multi-award winning filmmaker and director who directed Netflix’s criminal justice documentary The 13th and the miniseries When They See Us, both of which should be required viewing for anyone wanting to better understand systemic racism in America.

As well as being named the highest paid black woman director in American history, she also amplifies the work of people of colour and women of all kinds through her non-profit film collective ARRAY

Aretha Brown 

Aretha Brown is an Indigenous Australian youth activist, artist, and the former Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament. She shares educational graphics on her Instagram page and informative videos on Indigenous Australian culture on her YouTube channel. At only nineteen years old, she’s one to watch.

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What is our role during Reconciliation Week? In my opinion our political stances, activism and acts of Reconciliation must be practical, otherwise our ideas fail to transform into anything. To be an activist… is to be active. Actively fighting oppression, injustice and historical erasure. But that only works if practical efforts are made. The banks here in theory “respect” First Nations communities, but actively loaned money to fossil fuel companies that destroy our traditional country. In my experience I have seen that same hypocritical process repeated again and again in professional but also personal contexts – exacerbated by neoliberalism and ego. I see my university actively preach the advancement of Aboriginal people and our knowledge, only to hire white professors to speak on our issues. Thus taking credit, misinterpreting and not believing in our own ability to tell our sensitive perspectives. I have seen that in the “left leaning” household I was living in yesterday kicking me out on Sorry Day. Anyone can be political conscious and compassionate in theory, but their is a major difference in what is said and what is done. Reconciliation for me starts at actively switching banks, actively checkin up’ and helping our First Nations mates and actively getting involved in community. First by learning, then listening and then by speaking up. Ask yourself how can I PRACTICALLY help the Aboriginal community Im living in, today? Because you are already living in one, there is no separation, our history is your history. Oh yeah an screw the big 4 banks – with their fake “reconciliation” principles they are trash! #reconciliation2020

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Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is the director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center and is the bestselling author of the book How to Be Antiracist. On his social channels he shares excerpts from his book, as well as his latest writings for The Atlantic on his lived experiences and the importance of actively fighting racism.

Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu 

Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu designs products and experiences that promote inclusive wellness. She is the author of the book The Geometry of Being Black and the creator of wellness resources like The Four Bodies: A Holistic Toolkit for Coping With Racial Trauma.

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Janaya Khan 

Janaya Khan is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada and is a leading voice on matters of race and equality as a Black, queer, gender non-conforming activist and social justice educator. Janaya publishes powerful talks on Instagram like What White People Must Know.

Lee Merrit 

Lee Merrit is one of America’s most prominent civil rights lawyers working to dismantle systems of oppression in America. He leads the legal team of the Stop Excessive Force initiative and has represented numerous individuals injured by police brutality. 

Rachel Cargle 

Rachel Cargle is an academic, writer and lecturer who educates on topics of unpacking racist systems, affirming the black experience and engaging in true allyship.

As well as following Rachel, you can also follow the self-paced syllabi she publishes on The Great Unlearn and her foundation, The Loveland Foundation, which raises money to provide opportunities for marginalised groups.

Roxane Gay 

Roxane Gay is the bestselling author of books Bad Feminist and Hunger. She writes on matters of race and equality for the New York Times and shares her latest writing projects on her social channels. 

Common Ground 

Common Ground is an Australian First Nations-led organisation that shares First Nations cultures, histories and lived experiences. On their Instagram they share stories and resources with the intention of ‘working towards a society that celebrates and embraces our First Peoples’. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B87K3qjAbvF/

Avery Francis

Avery Francis is a Toronto-based award-winning Talent Strategist working with leading startups to navigate the world of talent acquisition and build inclusive workplace cultures.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBBjr7ujC66/

Justin Bridges 

Justin Bridges is a fashion and lifestyle photographer based in New York City who shares his thoughts on and experiences of racism via his Instagram page and on Medium, where he writes articles like Black & White: The Inequality of Risk-Taking Through the Eyes of a Pandemic.

Cleo Wade

Cleo Wade is a writer and poet who has authored the books Heart Talk and Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Make Change in Our Crazy World. Her work centres around building community, and she shares her moving prose about doing just that on her social media pages.

Sunu Journal 

Sunu is a journal of African affairs, critical thought and aesthetics that seeks to amplify emerging voices. Their founder and editor-in-chief, Amy Sall, is a Senegalese-American cultural entrepreneur with a masters degree in human rights studies who has developed university courses on African affairs. 

Sunu Journal has also recently launched Sunu Studies, a free educational supplement to the journal that curates texts and other resources in a comprehensive, working syllabus. 

Layla Saad 

Layla Saad is the author of bestselling book Me and White Supremacy, which began as a 28-day challenge to combat racism and was then expanded into a book full of further anecdotes, stories and resources.

She is also the host of The Good Ancestor podcast and founder of The Good Ancestor Academy, where she instigates important conversations about social and cultural change. 

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Black LIFE matters.

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Annika Hansteen-Izora

Annika Hansteen-Izora (she/they) is an art director, UX designer and poet, who works as the Head of Creative at Ethel’s Club, a digital club celebrating people of colour.

She also leads design on initiatives like Black Feast, a culinary experience celebrating black artists and writers through food, and Somewhere Good, a family of brands centring people of colour.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8PlHxjh4mH/

We stand in solidarity with black, indigenous, and people of colour and add our voice to the fight against systemic racism. We understand that we will never understand and acknowledge that we could’ve done more earlier. We vow to better educate ourselves and use our platform to share BIPOC creators’ voices through our social media channels and our storytelling platform Gobe Magazine.

If you’d like to know more about what we’re doing and plan to do, you can read about our commitment to antiracism here.

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2020-06-05T04:29:58+00:00Categories: Culture|