Antiracism: General

 

Resources to learn how to actively oppose racism and promote racial equity. Note: this is not a comprehensive guide, but is intended as a starting point for self-education. 

Social Media

Clint Smith III

Staff writer at The Atlantic and Emerson Fellow at New America. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, collectively have been viewed more than 7 million times. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @ClintSmithIII

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Award-winning British journalist and author whose writing focuses on feminism and structural racism. Follow her on Instagram: @renieddolodge and Twitter: @renireni.

Check Your Privilege

Founded by Myisha T. Hill, a guided journey that deepens your awareness to how your actions affect the mental health of Black, Brown, Indigenous People of Color, or BBIPoC. Follow the account on Instagram: @ckyourprivilege

No White Saviors

Ugandan advocacy campaign providing education on neocolonialism while using its platform to amplify Black voices and share resources. Follow the account on Instagram and Twitter: @nowhitesaviors

Martin Luther King III

The son of Martin Luther King Jr has followed in his father’s footsteps, dedicating his life to human rights activism. Follow him on Twitter: @officialmlk3 

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle

Writer, lecturer and activist who specializes in the intersection of race and womanhood. Follow her on Instagram: @rachel.cargle

Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Lawyer, political & women’s rights activist and founder of Women in Leadership Publication. Follow her on Twitter: @SholaMos1

Nii Addo Abrahams

Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Pres House on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and a second-generation Ghanaian immigrant. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @_nickyflash_

Dom Roberts

Student, activist and artist from LA whose distinctive graphics have been shared all over social media. She has covered topics ranging from social media etiquette to white fragility in digestible swipe-throughs on her feed and in-depth IGTVs. Follow her on Instagram: @domrobxrts 

Ibram X. Kendi

American author (How to be an Antiracist), historian and leading scholar of race and discriminatory policy in America. He is also the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Follow him on Instagram: @ibramxk and Twitter: @DrIbram

Boston University Center for Antiracist Research

Mission is to produce knowledge for change’s sake. The Center is directed by Professor Ibram X. Kendi. Follow the account on Instagram and Twitter: @antiracismctr

Brandon Kyle Goodman

As a proud queer Black person, actor and writer Goodman has recently emerged as a staunch advocate for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Follow him on Instagram: brandonkylegoodman and Twitter: @brandonkgood

Emmanuel Acho

Former UT Longhorns and NFL linebacker who started an educational online series, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, to give white people a nonjudgmental space to ask questions about race and racism. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @EmmanuelAcho

Colin Kaepernick

An American civil rights activist and a free agent NFL quarterback. Notably, he kneeled during the national anthem at the start of NFL games during the 2016 season to protest police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. He also founded the Know Your Rights Campaign. Follow him on Twitter: @Kaepernick7

The Conscious Kid

Education, research and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. The Conscious Kid supports organizations, families and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children. Follow the organization on Instagram: @theconsciouskid

Films and Documentaries

Books

Organizations

  • Austin Justice Coalition: Serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, over policing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities and other institutional forms of racism in Austin.   
  • African American Youth Harvest Foundation: Mission is to effectually address disparities and ensure low-barrier access to vital educational, economic and enrichment resources to underserved, at-risk youth and their families on their path to self-sufficiency.
  • Six Square: Preserving and celebrating the historic legacy of the African American community that once thrived in Central East Austin.
  • Austin Area Urban League: Mission is to enable African Americans and other underserved urban residents to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. 
  • Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center at Austin Community College: One of ten university centers in the country with the goal of educating, preparing, and inspiring the next generation of leaders to break down racial hierarchies.
  • Black Lives Matter: Founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK and Canada whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. 
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. Visit the Austin Chapter of the NAACP.

Alternatives to Calling 911 in Austin

Sometimes the most qualified help comes from an agency not reached through 911. Check out these resources that might be more appropriate to your need. 

Mental Health:

  • Integral Care: 512-472-HELP (4357). Supports adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. Services include a 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs immediate support, ongoing counseling to improve mental health, drug and alcohol treatment to help with recovery and housing to regain health and independence.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741. Provides free, 24/7 mental health support via text message.

Violence:

  • Texas Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400. Call the Texas Abuse Hotline when the situation is urgent. Urgent means someone faces an immediate risk of abuse or neglect that could result in death or serious harm.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text LOVEIS to 22522. Provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
  • SAFE Alliance: 512-267-SAFE (7233) or text 737-888-7233. The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation and domestic violence.

Substance Abuse:

  • SAMSHA Substance Abuse Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Free, confidential, 24/7 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
  • Texas Poison Center Network: 1-800-222-1222. Provides information to citizens who suspect they have been exposed to toxic substances, or may have had adverse reactions to food, plants or insect stings.

LGBTQIA+

  • Trans Hotline: 877-565-8860: Grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community.
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678. Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Other Resources:

  • Texas Youth Helpline: 1-800-989-6884 or text 512-872-5777. Provides prevention services to youths, parents, siblings and other family members who are in need of a caring voice and sympathetic ear.
  • United Way for Greater Austin: 211 or  877-541-7905. Brings people, ideas and resources together to fight poverty in our community. Since 1924, we have been dedicated to providing families and individuals in need with the tools and resources they need to thrive.

 

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