Race

GTFO, Ralph Northam

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Good Monday morning, Grabbers! DGB is back after a month-long hiatus! We promised you fresh hell in the first week of February and we, unfortunately, won’t disappoint today.

In case you were in an underground bunker over the weekend (which we honestly wouldn’t question at this point), it turns out Virginia’s Democratic governor is a racist. Don’t make us type it out, just read about it here.

Your DGB for today is to contact Ralph Northam’s office and demand that he resign.


Combat Colorism

Your DGB for today is to educate yourself on colorism, and support the fight against it by purchasing a t-shirt for a kid you know. If you don’t know any kids of color, consider buying one to donate to the next clothing drive in your community. Everyone deserves to feel good about the skin they’re in.

According to Alice Walker, colorism is the “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.” The effect is devastating, especially on young girls. After being bullied for her dark skin at school, 10 year-old Keris Rogers started her own line of t-shirts, Flexin’ In My Complexion. Her positive message about skin color has the potential to inspire and empower other kids. 

We adults can’t just stand by and let little girls save the world all by themselves. We must make fighting colorism a part of our commitment to social justice and intersectional feminism. Let’s make sure every girl knows she’s beautiful, fierce, and perfect just the way she is.

 

Watch a Documentary About Race in America

Your DGB for today is to fire up your flat screen or head to the movie house, and catch one of the documentaries by and about Black Americans that’s up for an academy award this year. 

If you’ll recall, last year’s very pale nominee list spawned an understandable #OscarsSoWhite protest across social media, the entertainment world, and beyond. This year the Academy has done somewhat better, and nowhere is that more clear than in the Documentary category, where 4 out of the 5 nominees for best full-length film are helmed by Black directors:  I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck); Life, Animated (Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman); O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow); and 13th (Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish). 

Better still, three of those four make Black lives their focus:

 

I am Not Your Negro is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished civil rights-era manuscript, “Remember This House,” but manages to be a commentary on race and race relations in the present day. It is still in theaters, so check your local movie times.

O.J.: Made in America is about O.J., the trial that riveted America, and how inextricably tangled up in race both the legal case and the public perceptions of it were. It’s available on many of the streaming services.

13th is a gut-wrenching look at the mass incarceration of Black Americans since the passing of the 13th Amendment, which ostensibly abolished slavery. It’s available on Netflix.
 

The Academy Awards air on February 26th, so watch one or all of these extraordinary films and get ready to root for your favorite.  


 

Multicultural Book Donation to Preschools

Your DGB for today is to defeat implicit bias by donating a book featuring black or brown lead characters to your local Head Start Preschool.

While some adults may be beyond the reach of examining their attitudes towards race, children are receptive, teachable, and capable of shaping the future into the integrated and open world we desire for them. Media being predominantly white, bias begins early and white normalcy is something we need to combat. Children of all races need to see themselves and others in the media they consume; representation matters. This alone will not fix racism, a complex issue embedded in the fabric of our society, but it’s one of the places you can start or continue your work dismantling white supremacy.

Read more about the importance of public preschool here.

Find your local Head Start Preschool here.

Browse a list of books with black and brown protagonists for children of all ages here.

Or use one of our DGB suggested books for toddlers and preschoolers, which you can find used and new here, and a board book for those little ones who devour literature in a literal and not just figurative sense here.

And don’t forget to use AmazonSmile if shopping this way!