White Folks Facing Race: Juneteenth and Opportunities For Action

[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on June 18, 2020 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends,

I hope you are safe and healthy. Thank you for all of the interest in having Facing Race in Arlington host a training or two. We’re working on putting that together. We’re also working on facilitating some discussions for our members, so watch for more information about that soon.

There are a few upcoming events that might interest you:
- Thursday, June 18 (TONIGHT) from 6–8 pm, the Arlington County Board is hosting a “Virtual Listening Session on Policing and Racial Justice
- Monday, June 22 from 7–8:30 pm, Arlington Public Schools is hosting a “Let’s Talk: A Community Discussion on Racism
- If you’re interested in joining the Arlington NAACP Chapter, they will have a New Member Orientation on Thursday, June 24

Juneteenth celebrations are happening this weekend, starting Friday! Please check them out:
- SixNineteen (organized by Movement for Black Lives)
- Juneteenth for Justice (organized by Yolande Kwinana)
- Arlington Black Employees Council Juneteenth Peace Rally
- NAACP Community Outreach Event in Green Valley
Please share other opportunities if you see them.

Please engage with this image:

(adapted by Andrew M. Ibrahim MD, MSc, from https://www.socialwork.career/2020/06/anti-racism-resources-for-social-workers-and-therapists.html, accessed 6/14/20)

- Grace Haley and Ian Karbal write about how “Amid calls for police reform, new dataset shows where police money has flowed in Congress” (OpenSecrets.org, 6/5/20)
- EmbraceRace email update with LOTS of resources and great information including how to engage with your kids about these subjects
- Video “Authors Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi on how to become aware of privilege” (CBS News, 6/5/20)
- Lorraine Berry shared “13 great books about the black experience in America” (LA Times, 6/4/20)
- Devon Kidd suggests “3 Questions White Students Should Ask Themselves Before Checking In On Black Classmates” (HuffPost, 6/14/20)
- Arlington Magazine has a section on Race & Equity with some interesting stories.
- Harvard Business School shared a case study on “African American Inequality in the United States,” available for free (Harvard Business School, 9/30/19, revised 6/15/20)

Listen. Amplify. Follow.



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