Writers have honed language skills that can be used to rally our communities to act. Those of us who are not BIPOC can listen to, learn from and support those who are; all of us can advocate for change; we can extend hope and stand with those calling for justice; we can solicit, gather and disseminate stories rooted in BIPOC experience; we can engage in difficult discussions about racism; and we can act with compassion and courage. We can help educate. As writers we can be a force for good.
Below are some of the resources we’ve gathered so far from a variety of sources. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we see this as an evolving project. We’d appreciate your suggestions for additional resources to fill the gaps.
In the meantime, here are some of the things you can do to help stamp out racism. (Click on any of the five links below to view all the resources listed.)
What You Can Do
- Non-fiction Books
- Fiction Books
- Books for Children and Teens
- Follow diverse users on social media
- Examine your own actions
- Speak out when you see offensive things happening
- Show support by signing petitions and calling representatives
- Donate to groups providing support to the BIPOC community
- Buy from Black and Indigenous owned booksellers
- Hire BIPOC organizers and businesses