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So now what?

As white Americans, when considering our history of oppression a common response is to dismiss it as "in the past" and disassociate ourselves from it. Another option is to recognize while we did not perpetrate these crimes we have benefited from them. Below are a few organizations worth supporting. While this alone will not level the playing field it is perhaps a better option than merely reflecting on the past.

Listed below are some documents and books worth reading this is by no means an exhaustive list, more of a place to start.

A Black Women's History of the United States by: Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Nicole Gross 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Edition. By: Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By: Bryan Stevenson

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America
By: Stacey Abrams

The History of White People by: Nell Irvin Painter 

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois By: Honoree Fanonne Jeffers