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Beyond Thoughts and Prayers

Beyond "Thoughts and Prayers" – Next Steps for Policy and Change
 
Self-care and Wellness – To protect yourself and your capacity to be engaged and effective in your communities, the Syllabus on Self-Care and Wellness for Social Justice Activists was developed by the Office for Diversity to support our campus community on mental wellness. This syllabus provides beginners-level resources to explain what mental health is, the importance of engaging in self-care, and tips for avoiding burn-out. Additionally, we provide information on local services and resources that may be utilized by students, faculty, and staff of Texas A&M. 
 
Allyship
White Allies: 10 Ways to Support Black Lives (with a bonus tip at the End)

Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian, Presidential Impact Scholar and Professor of Communication at Texas A&M, provides clear, action-oriented directions for how to be effective and supportive allies.

Five Questions an Anti-Racist Institution Should be Able to Answer
While the author is “Anonymous”, this resource provides guiding questions and context for accountability.
 
 
The Relationship Between the Pandemic and Police Brutality:
These articles explain how the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality are connected. 
 
  1. Police brutality is a public health crisis on Vox.com. 
 
  1. Among the reasons COVID-19 is worse for Black communities: Police violence by Berkeley News 
 
  1. Police brutality must stop by the American Medical Association (AMA)
 
What is Police Brutality?
 
  1. Fighting Police Abuse: A Community Action Manual by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
This page is your one-stop shop for getting the facts and learning how to take action against police brutality. 
 
The Relationship between Health Disparities and COVID-19 
These articles explain how COVID-19 exacerbates existing health disparities in the United States.  
 
  1. COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
 
  1. COVID-19 targets communities of color by the Harvard Gazette 
 
  1. Racial Health Disparities and COVID-19 – Caution and Context by the New England Journal of Medicine 
 
Racial Justice Education 
 
  1. Talking About Race on the National Museum of African American History & Culture 
This portal provides “tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation”. 
 
  1. Racism 101: Understanding Race and Racism by Showing Up for Racial Justice 
This resource explains the different kinds of racism. It also provides links to further research on race and racism. 
 
  1. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh.
In this article, McIntosh explains what white privilege is, where it comes from, and what it looks like. 
 
  1. A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources from Medium.com
This detailed list includes articles, books, movies, TV, podcasts, and more. The author also provides resources which are more digestible for kids and teens. 
 
  1. Reading for Racial Justice: An Open Access Collection from The University of Minnesota Press
The University of Minnesota Press is sharing this collection of titles from the past twenty years to promote understanding and action for change. In collaboration with authors, this collection of antiracist books is available to all to read online for free through August 31, 2020.