Thanks to friends at the Metro Louisville Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods for sharing the following resources for our work:
- Racial Equity Tools – This is website is “designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level.”
- Anti-Racism Work in Recovery Spaces – “Currently, Black Americans are at a higher risk of substance use disorders being characterized as a criminal issue rather than medical issue. In fact, the American Addiction Centers reported that even though “African Americans make up (only) 12.5% of illicit drug users,” a staggering 33% of those incarcerated for drugs are African American. The report also states that African American Americans are less likely to recover from drug and alcohol use even after treatment because our current recovery options are not set up to meet this particular population’s needs. Staffing is too white. Resources do not address the African Americanpopulation’s unique life experiences or mental health needs.”
- The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations – This is guide seems very helpful for how to talk about race. There are more resources at the bottom for people to peruse.
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources – This guided resource is to help address certain phrases (e.g., “I don’ see color”) or viewpoints (e.g., “I can’t be racist because my husband/wife/child/etc. is black”) that can still perpetuate racist ideologies in spaces. There are activities, podcasts, videos, articles, and books to look at and read. There are also specific resources at the bottom for the Christian Community towards the end of the document.
- How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven’t Been for Centuries) – This might be helpful for organizations to offer support for African American staff members and ways to make the organization more equitable for African American people.