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Anti-Racism Accounts From People of Color to Follow & Support

This post is intended to be a resource for those who have not personally experienced racism but want to learn and become allies. We know that our BIPOC readers and followers have been doing this work all their lives and probably don’t need additional resources (although, hey, these are still great accounts to follow!).

We (Jenn and Kristen), as white women, support our BIPOC readers and followers and commit to doing the anti-racism work required to effect change, and encourage those of you who care about dismantling systematic racism to join us. And to anyone who doesn’t believe anti-racism work has a place here, we hope you’ll remember that, until we can all breathe, none of us can breathe, and our anti-racism stance isn’t going anywhere.

Follow.

Listen.

Believe.

Learn — without asking Black people to teach you.

Most importantly, click on links in all of these accounts’ bios, and support these incredible people and organizations by paying for (or donating to) their books, services, and programs. Do the work, and support, support, support!

Also, a huge thank you to @BexLife for sharing so much info and pointing us to many of the below accounts via her Instagram. She’s been on our podcast before, and was our entry point into much of this work. Rebekah is not an anti-racism educator, but she is amazing to follow and is doing so much, especially with children’s books.

Follow & Support These Anti-Racism Accounts From People of Color

@iamchrissyking

 

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Yesterday, I let y’all know that I was going to be hosting a new webinar for fitness and wellness professionals about how to better show up as it pertains to the intersection of racism and wellness. ⠀ If you have previously taken my course, Diversity and Inclusion 101, this class will go far beyond that. We are doing a deep dive to specifically discuss the following: ⠀ 1) Examining white supremacy, racism, and bias in your own life and the ways in which you are being complicit ⠀ 2) How to actively hold yourself and the fitness and wellness industry accountable and how to make it a space that demands justice for ALL bodies ⠀ 3) How to leverage our privilege to create actual change within the fitness industry ⠀ 4) Resources to educate yourself on the intersection of racism and wellness ⠀ 5) How to show up better and embody anti-racism practices year round, not just when it’s prominent in the news and media ⠀ Due to the overwhelming response, I have made the live webinar available for 3 separate days. The schedule is as follows: ⠀ Monday, June 8th, 3-5pm EST [SOLD OUT] Tuesday, June 9th, 3-5pm EST Wednesday, June 10th, 3-5 pm EST ⠀ *UPDATE* — additional sessions have been added ⠀ Monday, June 15th, 3-5pm EST Tuesday, June 16th 3-5pm EST Wednesday, June 17th, 3-5 pm EST ⠀ If you can’t make it live, a replay of the webinar will be sent out following the live event. ⠀ This class will be uncomfortable. We are going to be discussing the hard things. Confronting racism is never easy. I’m also going to be sending you materials to read and prepare for the webinar and homework to do after the webinar. This is for wellness professionals who are invested in confronting racism. ⠀ Space is limited. Sign up and share with a friend. ⠀ Links are live in my bio NOW. ⠀ I can’t wait to see you on the webinar.

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@ckyourprivilege

@decolonizing_fitness

 

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365 we do this work y’all. we strategize, we build, we support each other with little to nothing by way of resources, from community collectives, small orgs, creators, healers, comrades, accomplices all over the fucking U.S. day in and day out we do this work. — We keep yelling support Black/Brown/Indigenous lead movements it’s beneficial to us all. Over and Over we school y’all, give you insight, language, compassion, brutal honesty, hope, accountability, the real news. — We inform the mainstream only to be shit on and not listened to when it really counts. — Our shit ain’t convoluted. Our shit gets tampered with, exploited, co-opted, silenced. And y’all blame us for why we aren’t believed. — Yet for profit companies y’all be working for with multimillion dollar budgets and exposure ain’t even got their shit together and are never held responsible. — We keep each other safe. We literally spell out how y’all can support us and when the shit hits the fan you wanna question us instead of blaming fucking white supremacy. You want a comfy transition into inevitable. — Guess what shit is messy right now…and it is no more neat bows and well cropped photos and Blackout bs. You got to call it like it is and FUCKIN AMPLIFY THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY DO THIS WORK WITH THE MOST AT STAKE. — @jmaseiii said: “Folks will have the nerve to look at thousands of Black leaders in the streets organizing, protesting, moving resources…and ask…”Where is our MLK; where is our Malcolm x?” as if the answer to Black liberation or social inequity is activists with celebrity credentials. There are so many leaders protecting and ensuring the future rights of Black folks nationally and globally in this moment (and always has been). I am so grateful to the Black leaders that have put their bodies, lives and futures on the line for all of us.” – #amplifymelanatedvoices #blacklivesmatter #blm #decolonzingfitness #uprising #fuck12

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@commandofitnesscollective

 

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After overwhelming response to both of my webinars, I have added Sunday, June 21st 2-4pm. Link is in the bio ( or FB comments) and of course space is limited. There will be webinars specifically for larger gym facilities, fitness centers, CrossFit and the like coming up soon. Yoga will have its own specific webinar as even though it can go hand in hand with Pilates, the history of yoga plus its appropriation is a whole other podcast🙄. Tag someone who needs this below. #blackgirlpilates #blacklivesmatter #followblackwomen #antiracism #nojusticenopeace #pilates #contemporarypilates #pilatesteachers #personaltrainer #classicalpilates #fitness #gyms #crossfit #yoga #groupfitness

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@bexlife

@catriceology

(Account is private. She admits new followers, but don’t be surprised if she kicks you out if you’re not doing work.)

@laylafsaad

@iamrachelricketts

 

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Y’all wanna do something, I GET it but for fuck sake make sure the actions you’re seeking to take are actually HELPFUL. Taking action without intention + education results in more HARM than help. Allowing white people to co-opt Black movements is violent white supremacy in action. THIS is why the work has to start INSIDE. This is why Spiritual Activism is VITAL. You need to think critically + engage mindfully. @blklivesmatter didn’t start this campaign + it is causing the movement harm. Stop the performative bullshit. Just STOP. Read @blairimani latest post. As I always say IMPACT trumps INTENTION And to all the white folx in their feelings hitting myself + other Black folx up to have us on your IG lives, podcasts etc. Take a hot minute + ask if you’re doing YOUR personal work to address YOUR white supremacy + anti-Blackness first and foremost. If not, you’re just using us to assuage your guilt + promote your brand. I’m not fucking here for it. Do. Your. Work! Respect that we are GRIEVING. And exhausted by you. NEVER ask a Black womxn+ to do a DAMN thing without offering compensation. Slave days are over. “Exposure” ain’t payment. STOP exploiting our time, energy + labor. I’m glad so many of you are here now but you are CENTURIES late. I’m not here for fame + fortune. I’m here to be a mirror to your bullshit so you will ACTIVELY dismantle the anti-Black systems you created, perpetuate + benefit from. Everything I do, is from a deep well of love. For Black folx first + foremost. We’ve been paving the way for our COLLECTIVE liberation from the get. And y’all need to fall the fuck back, FOLLOW our lead + do your work. If you’re ready, my newsletter goes out tonight. Sign-up @ link in bio. Head to @osopepatrisse for this weeks REAL actions. xo R ID: “if you aren’t actively using your privilege to uplift, follow, support, learn from, check in on and pay Black folx right now, what the fuck is your ‘anti-racism’ about?”

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@leesareneehall

 

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“But where do I start?”⁣ ⁣ I used to be mystified by this question.⁣ ⁣ The sense of helplessness is not cute.⁣ ⁣ If you wanted a recipe on how to make your own hand sanitizer, you wouldn’t go to a doctor’s profile on Instagram and post, “But where do I start?”⁣ ⁣ You wouldn’t.⁣ ⁣ You know you wouldn’t.⁣ ⁣ So why is it when you need a “recipe” on how to be anti-racist, anti-biased, or anti-oppressive, you express your helplessness through the form of this benign, vapid question?⁣ ⁣ As I said, I used to be mystified, but now I get it.⁣ ⁣ You were raised to believe that you are perfect, pure, and flawless due to nothing more than a function of biology. ⁣ ⁣ Thus, you have been conditioned to express innocence using questions whenever acts of racism are made plain.⁣ ⁣ Now that I’ve rebuked the behaviour, lemme now edify the person…⁣ ⁣ If you’re truly serious about interrupting your unconscious biases around skin colour privilege, check my highlight called PROMPTS📝. ⁣ ⁣ The guidance I provide isn’t for everyone. ⁣ ⁣ For some, my way is too tender.⁣ ⁣ Or, it’s not noisy enough.⁣ ⁣ Or, it’s not boisterous enough.⁣ ⁣ I’m for those who have gentle, quiet, and highly sensitive personality who tend to experience overwhelm and over-stimulation when using other methods to unpack their unconscious biases.⁣ ⁣ I use a method that helps #HighlySensitivePeople reclaim their sensitivities because when they do, they can then see the humanity in people of African descent.⁣ ⁣ Again, check my highlight PROMPTS📝 for more.⁣ ⁣ 🔥 if you’re going to do the work highlighted in the highlight.⁣ ⁣ 🔥🔥 if you’ve scheduled a day/time to do the work highlighted in the highlight.⁣ ⁣ Only add a comment IF you’ve done the work and want to share your reaction.⁣ ⁣ Share / Tag if there’s someone in your network who needs to see this.

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@rachel.cargle

 

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This article has been making its rounds the last several days and I hope it can offer you some critical language as you navigate conversations with each other. • Swipe for excerpts and head to the link in my bio for the full piece. • I’m going to be taking the next 48 hours off of social media to rest. To rest my mind. To rest my heart. To rest my eyes. It’s been a weary several days and I want to say thank you those who are showing up in the ways they have the ability to. We all play a role. Solidarity is the only way. • If you’d like to get in touch with me or my team please do so via my email rachel@rachelcargle.com. • Please consider donating to your local grassroots racial justice organizations. They are in the frontlines. • If you would like to support my work you can head to the highlight titled “support” and find all my details there. • If you enjoy learning from me you can join me over at @thegreatunlearn and sign up for my monthly developed syllabi to UNlearn together and create a new world. • Thank you, all 🙏🏾 talk soon.

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@moemotivate

 

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Correction & condemnation are not the same. In this work of anti-racism, you will all mess up. And when you mess up, you will be corrected. Correction is not only a part of this work, it is this work. But you don’t know how to take correction. White folks, one of the reasons y’all are fumbling all over the place in showing up for Black lives in a way that is less about you and actually about us is that you’re just winging it. You’re making it up as you go, as though there are no tools or resources available for you to do this work. It’s a slap in the face to see so many of the very people I’ve personally tried to bring into this work, do the very things they would know not to do had they actually invested in the work & committed to it. But you’re messing up so much because you’re operating from the lens & conditioning of white supremacy that has influenced the way you do everything in the world. Including your internalized resistance to following and taking leadership from Black women. Collectively, where have you seen it consistently & routinely properly modeled & reinforced through systems of power of how to follow, listen and pay Black womxn in way that is affirming of our Blackness… our humanity? You have not. Not in your socialization, your classrooms, neighborhoods, jobs, government…not anywhere. But you’ve seen the opposite…silencing, ignoring and exploiting Black womxn and you’ve seen it reinforced through systems of power. And even right now, you’re reinforcing the patterns of oppression specifically w/ Black womxn. Even though you’re not trying to…yet the intent does not negate the impact. You’re used to doing the very thing you’re doing now:: silencing, ignoring, speaking for or over, and exploiting us. It’s normal for you to overlook what we have to say as if it doesn’t matter because for far too long it hasn’t mattered to you. Keep swiping to read it all before commenting. Also do not ask me for more time and labor to clarify or explain any of this to you. Instead sign up for a class or program & get to work. And tag someone you want to bring along with you in this work…especially the white influencers out here messing up too.

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@sonyareneetaylor

 

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If you want to find the path to freedom follow a Black woman

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@austinchanning

 

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I received an email this week from a white woman who wants to know how she can support racial justice but without risk. And I’m sorry to share, it’s not possible. To be antiracist is to be active. It’s to resist the status quo. It’s raising your voice and making noise. It’s protesting and declaring things must change. It’s challenging supervisors and boards and executive teams and donors. Choosing antiracism is often choosing to be a nuisance. ** Please note: I do not share this to judge her. I’m sharing because there are a lot of people who want to “do the right thing”, but. But not risk your job or your fellowship or your funding or your friends but this work is inherently risky. You must accept that or else acknowledge you are not yet antiracist.

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@ijeomaoluo

@ihartericka

 

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Black people do this work year round to prevent Black death. We do it all the time. When no one is watching. When CNN is not interviewing. Before the protest. During the protest. Everyday incidences of racism and discrimination that white people don’t deem worthy. In the face of Trumps, Lana Del Rays, Amy Coopers, Carolyn Bryants, Cuomos (insert your white colleague/family member/friends name) et al. We combat the conditions that create and maintain a police state. But maybe there is no cardboard sign for that. We do it when our white friends and family are not calling or checking on us. We do it until the next Black death that white people can glom on to. The reason we even have protesting and riots is due to Black queer and trans people. A lot of y’all scholarship, tweets, critical ways we know how to organize comes from Black people. Moreover, it comes from our experiences waking up Black. ⠀ Support Black queer and trans organizations. Support Black queer and trans people. Support Black femmes. Support Black people ALWAYS. ⠀ We deserve more when we are alive.

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@nicoleacardoza

@theconsciouskid

 

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White supremacy is a system of structural and societal racism which privileges white people over everyone else, regardless of the presence or absence of racial hatred. White racial advantages occur at both a collective and an individual level. We just updated this chart, which presents *some* of the ways people practice and reinforce white supremacy that they may not be aware of, or even think of as “white supremacy”. If you are unsure of what any of these terms mean, please feel free to look them up. There is an abundance of scholarship and research on each of these things. Image Source: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (2005). Adapted: Ellen Tuzzolo (2016); Mary Julia Cooksey Cordero (@jewelspewels) (2019); The Conscious Kid (2020). #AntiRacism #AntiRacist #TeachersOfInstagram #WhitePrivilege

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@hereweeread

 

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Enough is enough. Samuel (Adams) threw a tea party. Harriet (Tubman) led the way. Susan (B. Anthony) cast her vote. Rosa (Parks) kept her seat. Gilbert (Baker) sewed a flag. Jazz (Jennings) wore a dress. Colin (Kaepernick) took a knee. America said time’s up. Time’s up on racism. Time’s up on police brutality. Time’s up on sexual misconduct. Time’s up on prejudice and discrimination of any kind. Time’s up. Enough is enough. America has been molded and shaped by those who have taken a stand and said they have had enough. In this dynamic picture book, stand alongside the nation’s most iconic civil and human rights leaders, whose brave actions rewrote history. Join Samuel Adams as he masterminds the Boston Tea Party, Ruby Bridges on her march to school, Colin Kaepernick as he takes a knee, and the multitude of other American activists whose peaceful protests have ushered in lasting change. With a foreword from a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, this succinct text paired with striking illustrations is a compelling read-together story for little activists who are just starting to find their voice. Backmatter extends the text with short bios about each protester to provide additional context about their respective movement and the form of protest they used. Ages 3-8 and up. Linked temporarily in my bio for review or purchase. #enoughisenough @crownpublishing

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@jessicawilson.msrd

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@chescaleigh

 

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Thank you @rachel.cargle for including one of my favorite OG YouTube videos from 2014 in her 30 day #DoTheWork course! Lots of people are grappling with how to talk about what’s happening in our country, commit to being actively anti-racist & support #BlackLivesMatter, and Rachel’s free course is a great place to start. I encourage you to check out her page and sign up or share with someone you know that could benefit from these important conversations. This original upload included a ton of resources in the video description box, so I’m linking it in my IG caption if you want to check out more links/articles/videos to better inform yourself about social justice issues across all identities. Finally, thanks to everyone that’s shared and enjoyed this video over the years. I’m flattered and proud that it continues to speak to so many.

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This is far from a comprehensive list. Please leave a comment with other anti-racism accounts from women of color, and we’ll add them to the list. 

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3 Comments
  1. Floranet says:

    Your work is so full of useful information.

  2. Krish says:

    Thanks for sharing the accounts. One should follow them. I will too. Racism is not human.

  3. Saif says:

    Usually, I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man, Keep it up.