Content warning: police violence, racism.
Money is power.
I’d heard it before, but becoming a financial coach made it clear just how true that is. How we spend our money is a direct reflection of our values. We put our money towards the things that matter.
What is clear, with the murder of George Floyd and the response of the police toward protestors, is how deeply unequal power is held, wielded, and distributed along racial lines in this country.
Our society is criminally unjust. Black households have 9% of the wealth of white households. 26% of black folks are poor, compared to 10% of whites. Black inmates make up nearly 40% of the prison population, yet only make up 13.4% of the general population. And that barely scrapes the surface.
In reading about what I can do to help dismantle the racist power structures that perpetuate this inequity, one action comes up time and time again: donate. Give your money (power) to people and organizations who have been doing this work for years, for lifetimes.
We can show that we stand against oppression, stand against racialized power, stand for George Floyd’s humanity. We can give our money and our power to show what we stand for, and stand again.
If you wish to support those protesting on the ground (bottom up), please consider donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. They are providing supplies, support, and legal counsel for protestors.
If you wish to support changes in policy (top down), I cannot recommend more highly the Antiracism Research & Policy Center, founded by Dr. Ibram X Kendi. His book “How to be an Anti-racist” addresses the cause and effect nature of racist power and policy, and is incredibly informative.
Here are more places to donate if you are interested. Email me your donation receipts and I (and my partner Amelia) will match the first $500 donated.
If you want to learn more (or unlearn), here is a great list of anti-racism resources.
Lastly, two quotes that were on my mind as I wrote this:
“A riot is the language of the unheard” – MLK
“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.” ― Ibram X. Kendi
Be well. Stay safe. With love.