Over the weekend the country erupted in protest over the continued issues of police brutality and racial injustice. It was an eruption long overdue.
The protests started because of the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but they are not about a single incident. They are about the continued mistreatment of Black people in America. They are about a history of systemic racism and White Supremacy.
Since the beginning, we have strived to make Krit a place where all are welcome. But this weekend reminded us we still have a lot of work to do.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you also come from a place of privilege and are looking to help. Here are some resources that have been helpful to our team.
Allyship and Antiracism
- Resources by Rachel Cargle
- A Childhood Story About Being Black in America by Muffy Levy
- Marie Forleo & the Good White Liberal Response by Rachel Rodgers
- What Can I Do About My Own Racism? by Anthony Chin-Quee, MD
- White Guyde To The Galaxy by Tatiana Mac
- Save the Tears: White Woman's Guide by Tatiana Mac
- How to Use Your White Privilege to Help Black + POC in the Marketing Space by Elise Dopson
Books to read
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Olou
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Organizations to donate to
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- Black Girls Code
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Bail Funds for George Floyd Protestors
- Campaign Zero
Places to recruit diverse talent
What Krit is doing
We are privileged to be a profitable company, which means we have profited within a system of White Supremacy. So the first thing we’re doing is donating all of our profits for the month of May (about $16,000) to support organizations that are fighting systemic racism. We are also matching all donations our team makes.
Next, we are making How To Be An Antiracist required reading for all hiring managers, and we will buy it for anyone on our team. We will also conduct more in-depth D&I training for all of our hiring managers.
We have put time into building inclusive hiring practices, but those efforts are not yet reflected in our team. We can clearly do better.
This is only a start. If we show up now, but fail to show up 3 months from now when the news isn’t focused on racial justice, then we are not true allies. We will continue to work to make Krit a diverse and inclusive place that is a consistent ally in the fight against racism.
I encourage you to do the same. Dig in, do the research, and use your privilege to help the Black community.
Much love. 🖤