‘Thanks’ + Attention aren’t enough

In response to the Alabama special senate election, there’s been lots of talk on the interwebs about “listening to black women” or “thanking black women.” There are plenty of articles already written (by black women) about why these ideas not only fall short but perpetuate the idea that black women are indestructible and here to save us from ourselves.

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(See entire thread from Bree Newsome here.)

As Deidra Riggs said on Twitter yesterday, it’s not enough to just “pay attention” to black women. Attention doesn’t pay their bills. (I’m saying that part.) Buy their books, read them, write reviews about them. Invite them to be the KEYNOTE speaker at your events and conferences. (Start with Deidra’s latest book, One: Unity in a Divided World.)

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There are also MANY black led organizations worth your dollars. SUPPORT THEM. SHARE THEIR WORK. SUBMIT YOURSELF TO THEIR TEACHING & LEADERSHIP.

Here are a few of my favorites. My world is small. This list is clearly not exhaustive but it’s a good place to start. Please add other organizations, authors, etc. in the comments. (If you’d like to financially support missionaries of color, I have InnerChange coworkers I can put you in touch with.)

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The (&) Campaign is coalition of urban, biblical Christians determined to engage the sociopolitical arena with the compassion (&) conviction of the Gospel.

The Voices Project, influencing culture through the training and promoting leaders of color.

Jude 3 Project‘s primary mission is to help the Christian community know what they believe and why they believe it. Distinctive in its strong emphasis in equipping those of African descent in the United States and abroad.

Hope Mob is a community of generous givers funding leaders and communities of color. Far too many qualified, gifted & committed leaders of color are grossly underfunded as compared to their white peers – who are often serving in the same communities.

You can be part of the changing of this narrative.

When you join @HopeMob your monthly, tax-deductible donation of at least $10/month (or more) helps bring sustainable funding to leaders of color.

Freedom Road’s mission is to help communities shrink the narrative gap, by identifying core issues and building community capacity so they might work toward common solutions for a just world.

Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Faithfully Magazine amplifies the conversations, issues and events in communities of color. They report with a faithful yet ecumenical approach to include a breadth of Christian perspective on sexuality, justice, life, theology and more. The quarterly print and digital magazine includes insightful Q&As, inspiring features and timely social, political and cultural commentary, from a Christian worldview.

The Witness is a black Christian collective that engages issues of religion, race, justice, and culture from a biblical perspective. The Witness is changing the way Christians engage the church and the world by challenging them to think and act according to the holistic message of Christ.

Truth’s Table is a podcast by black women and for black women. (No worries, there’s standing room for the rest of us, it’s just not our table to sit at.) As Black Christian women who love truth and seek it out wherever it leads, Truth’s Table has unique perspectives on race, politics, gender, current events, and pop culture that are filtered through their Christian faith.

Starting right now, you can put yourself under the leadership and theological teachings of the women of Truth’s Table through their daily Advent devotional.

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