At TARRA, we paused to re-evaluate our content. The intent of this Brain Food—and each Brain Food moving forward—is to echo the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color who need to be heard, and to inspire allies seeking education and resources.
We’re listening with respect.
We’re learning with humility.
We’re taking action with conviction.
We’re screaming at the top of our lungs with force—BIPOC Lives Matter.
In honor of Pamela Turner, Sandra Bland, Korryn Gaines, Atatiana Jefferson, Shantel Davis, Breonna Taylor and the lives lost due to systemic racism. Let this be a new course—scroll to get started.
White women: it’s time to acknowledge your racism against Black, Indigenous and other people of color. This is systemic. Race2Dinner is not your typical dinner conversation, but this new approach fills an urgent need. Come to the table and have a direct discussion about white fragility, our white supremacist society and how to disrupt and dismantle the hate.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, a New York Times Magazine staff writer, won a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for her essay in the 1619 Project on why Black Americans have always been the foundation of the idea of American Freedom. The Pulitzer-winning piece is some of the most important reporting of this generation, especially now.
HEALING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
The Loveland Foundation provides financial assistance for therapy and mental health treatment for communities of color with a focus on Black womxn and girls. Through their partnerships with Therapy for Black Girls, National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network, Talkspace and Open Path Collective, Loveland’s therapy fund is a step towards healing.
SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES
Aurora James (@aurorajames) is the mastermind behind the sustainable luxury brand Brother Vellies and is now the initiator behind the genius initiative requesting national retailers (think Whole Foods, Target, Saks) to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. There is no racial justice without economic justice.
It’s time for white Americans to dig deep and do the work to become better allies to the Black communities. Education and examining privilege through workshops, webinars and online classes will help fight against racial bias so we can shift our society to become avidly anti-racist. This round-up of eight classes will help you examine your own bias.
RESOURCES TOWARDS ALLYSHIP
Annie Bloj of The Bloj Report compiled a comprehensive list if you’re starting your path towards allyship. Take the initiative. There have been many (so many) books, educational articles, films, documentaries, TV series, podcasts and educators who have researched and shared the information we need to understand and implement anti-racism. If you’re an ally, here’s your new mantra: Watch. Read. Listen. Act. Donate. It’s a privilege to educate yourself about racism instead of experiencing it.
QUEEN OF THE COMMUNITY
Forbes featured Editor-In-Chief Esther Lee Leach, who is the mastermind behind the local digital publication, Cherry Creek Fashion. Building a brand online is no easy feat, yet for Esther, tapping into the Denver community and sharing diverse content was the key to creating her kingdom.
POP YOUR BIAS BUBBLE
Are you biased? Yes. According to Sway: Unraveling Unconscious Bias ‘We are all biased to a certain degree.’ This book dives into studies that illustrate bias in our everyday lives. As the country reels over the death of George Floyd, that message has never been more timely. The good news is, you can unlearn your bias. Behavioral scientist, Pragya Agarwal tells us how to break out of your bias bubble. If you’re interested in buying this book, please consider purchasing from a Black-owned bookstore: list here.
NAVAJO NATION NEEDS YOUR HELP
As our communities recognize the racism and prejudice that has infected this country for generations, the pandemic still rages on simultaneously. The Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, became #1 for positive COVID-19 cases per capita. 100% of the proceeds from these sales go to critical aid, whether that is masks, PPE, or food for the Navajo Reservation.
Related to the aforementioned resource for therapy, Kaylaa Robinson created a thread of Black people laughing. It’s a small sense of joy that needs to go viral. Robinson noted in the caption, ‘our rage is undeniably justified; however, our joy is also necessary.’ (Please tag @kaylaa.robinson if reposting.”
Meet the Author
Dana Lapinel is a word wrangler from the West, working as a content writer and magazine editor in Denver for the last six years. She juggles a full-time and freelance career as a creative writer for brands with a strong voice. You can now catch her monthly as she serves up hot and fresh Brain Food for the humans of TARRA.