How To Be An Ally For The Long Run

Pattie Gonia wears a lot of hats. From photographer to Eagle Scout, environmentalist to “backingbacking queen,” she’s an advocate for the outdoors in as many ways as possible. But perhaps most importantly, she’s a self-described ally-in-progress. We asked Pattie to describe what allyship means to her, the importance of making mistakes, and what  steps we can all take to make the outdoors (and the world) a better place for everyone.

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Ally. We are hearing this word more than ever before. It’s written on every other social media post. It’s spoken at dinner tables. It’s sharpied on signs as we march in the fight for Black lives.

But what does it look like to do this work not just in the next few months but as a part of our daily lives?

Here’s what I’ve learned as an intersectional advocate and ally-in-progress from people far smarter than me. It’s my hope as an imperfect white Queer person to share this information with you so that you see that you are capable of taking action, staying focused, and avoiding burnout.

INVENTORY YOUR CAPITAL
Taking an inventory of your capital is one of the best places to start when it comes to allyship. Think about what capital you hold in a situation. Let’s use the outdoors as an example. Capital can range from money to your job title to your connections to your social media following to your voice to your time. Think of these forms of capital as the many tools you hold to take action to ally marginalized people.

My work as an intersectional advocate is focused on marginalized communities in the outdoors including LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender queer) people, BIPOC (Black, Indiginous, Peope of color), and disabled people and how their lives are affected by barriers to the outdoors and disproportionately affected by climate change.

The action I take involves my art forms of drag and photography, my social media platform and my privilege as a white Queer person, my time and my money aiming to create movements that inspire other people to take action as allies-in-progress, too.

When you can start to think of all the tools you have rather than just donating money or posting a black square on Instagram you can realize you have so many ways to make an impact not just now but for years to come.

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MAKE YOUR ALLYSHIP INTERSECTIONAL
We hold many identities. We are mothers and runners, outdoorists and Queer, people of color and environmentalists. We are intersectional humans so our allyship should be intersectional. This intersectionality allows for allyship in one area to strengthen work in another.

The beauty of intersectional allyship is that it allows us as intersectional humans to weave our stories, our communities, our art and our culture into the work of allyship. It mirrors what nature has always taught us–that diversity and interconnectivity are essential.

FIND COMMUNITY
Plain and simple, allyship is better with friends. Find community and if it doesn’t exist, make it. Spend time with people that you can dialogue and create change with. Hold each other accountable. And make that community as full of diverse voices and lived experiences as possible.

PUT ON YOUR BOOTS
If you’re reading this, you likely care about issues surrounding intolerance towards marginalized communities, but because of your privilege, you have the ability to opt out of this conversation with your silence. However, a true ally will work to engage others in their community in the fight to eradicate hate. This is the difference between being not racist and being anti racist. Work to know who you are, what you stand for and then put on your boots….or HOKA shoes…. we have work to do.

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CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
Allyship isn’t judged by time or intensity and it sure as hell isn’t made of one-time radical acts. Instead, allyship is a mindset that aligns your daily actions with empathy for others- especially those with less privilege than you.

In this way, allyship offers a practice of unlearning, reflection, internal work to remove our biases, racism, and intolerance and to take action with external work.

CHANGE THE WORD ALLY TO ALLY-IN-PROGRESS
In conversation, I find that describing myself as an ally-in-progress feels far truer to where I’m at and keeps me in a constant state of growth. I’d welcome you to do the same and to always remain a learner and and a doer.

REALIZE THAT YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES
Allyship looks like admitting I’m flawed, but that my intentions are pure. It means trying to lead in my own small and imperfect way. It means knowing I will fail and owning up to it when I do. Just remember that it’s not about intent it’s about your impact so when you get corrected, make sure to listen, apologize, commit to changing your behavior as you move forward.

REALIZE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
No matter who we are, we have a shared responsibility to actively ally people with less privilege than ourselves. There’s no “outdoors for all” when intolerance exists.

ALLYSHIP’S JOB IS TO KEEP US UNCOMFORTABLE
Lastly, and I think this is the most important realization, allyship’s job isn’t to make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside because we ‘did a good thing.’ Instead, allyship’s job is to make you uncomfortable. Allyship’s purpose is to open your eyes to the injustices of the world and incite you to act.

The future of the outdoors, the running community, and our world at large will be determined by actions of allyship.

Just remember, when it comes to allyship you have nothing to prove and everything to give.

You have nothing but an opportunity.

What will you do with it?

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Additional Resources:

Advocates/accounts to follow on Instagram:

@indyamoore
@alokvmenon
@alisonmdesir
@rongriswell
@teresabaker11
@vasu_sojitra
@intersectionalenvironmentalist
@greengirlleah
@ajabarber
@thisisbwright

Resources:

Trevor Ally Training

The Great Unlearn by Rachel Cargel

Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World by Alison Désir for Outside Magazine

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WHITENESS IN THE OUTDOORS. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now and the recent events in the news, specifically the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man hunted down by two white men on a jog led me to spend the past few days listening and learning from people of color, specifically African Americans in the outdoors. . This post is my attempt as an imperfect white person with privilege to take action and encourage other white people to do the same because there’s no “outdoors for all” when racism exists. As a white person, I can’t speak to the unique experiences of marginalized groups surrounding race, so this is my attempt to amplify the voices of POC in the outdoors. . Thank you for reading. I’m always seeking to improve my skill of allyship as I’m not an expert in this and I am open to constructive feedback. . SHARE- Feel free to share, but if you do, please tag the people of color you see mentioned on each page as this is information compiled by me but told by them. . SAVE- Please don’t just read this once and move on but save this as a resource to come back to and reread. . CHALLENGE- read and then reread and then comment a friend, an outdoor leader, sponsored athlete or brand you think would benefit from seeing this too. . Credit to @alisonmdesir @_lassosafroworld, @teresabaker11, @she_colorsnature, @courtneyahndesign, @katieboue @naturechola, @vasu_sojitra, @skynoire, @ava, @chescaleigh @guantesolo and ellen tozolo

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Coming Full Circle with Mireille Sine

Mireille Sine, a HOKA Flyer and student, dedicated some time to tell us her story of how she’s been processing recent events. “I’m not sure it’s ever taken me this long to write a blog, but I’m glad I took the time I needed. My thoughts have changed, I’ve thrown myself into the fight but also took the time to read, assess, and think. So today, I want to talk about coming full circle.”

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In the beginning I was angry, fearful, and hurt. I cried from a different type of pain as the world reached a new level in our dystopia. I have to say it was a little jarring to watch others wake up to the injustices around them for what felt like the first time. Soon, petitions were brought forth, funds were raised, marches erupted, Black voices were amplified, and Black business were busier than they’d ever been. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the world once again screamed BLACK LIVES MATTER. The comradery was beautiful, and it was just enough to drown out the spiteful cries of the nay-sayers, the disbelievers, and the aggressive combatants who still deeply misunderstood the movement out of their own fear and ignorance.

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Running was a refuge because I wasn’t running for myself. My local park was flooded with #SAYHERNAME & #SAYHISNAME flyers and “Defund The Police” chalked on the ground; constant reminders that the fire was only getting started. I strived to stay in the loop, take in and reshare as much information as possible. My anger, fear, and hurt turned into determination, diligence, and a dash of optimism. At this time, I was also trying to do my job. I was trying to turn in my schoolwork on time. I was trying to be okay. And in this way, I was reminded again of what it meant to be Black in America. To be Black means putting a smile on your face in public only to cry when you get home some days. It means knowing you need to rest but having a million things stop you because you can’t let yourself get behind. It means having to explain your hair to others and looking at their surprised faces when you tell them how long it took. Being asked where you’re “really” from. Being Black means growing up and wishing the people on T.V. or your favorite magazine looked more like you. For Black men it means being classified as thugs before you’ve even uttered a word. For Black women it means to be fetishized beyond compare but still told you’re not enough.

Eventually, I had to step back because I knew what outer chaos can do to inner calm and I could feel the negativity rising inside me once again. I felt it was important to take the time to really absorb and understand all that had been going on and that meant getting away from the news and social media cycles. During my break, I hit a turning point when I read “Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I do believe it will change your perspective while giving you a deeper understanding as to why racist rhetoric has continued to prevail in America. This book was the reason why I was finally able to sit down and write this because it helped me understand what we are all really fighting for, and it laid the foundation for me to be anti-racist.

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While it was great to be mentioned on a few “Black Voices To Follow” lists. As new followers and faces join my Instagram feed (@mireille.sine), I am still slowly figuring out how to use that voice and what being a “leader” in this movement looks like to me. I know that I might make mistakes, be criticized, or face burnout. But it is my commitment to the movement to future generations, and to my sport that will keep me going. Which brings me to my full circle moment. I and many of you will be doing this dance for the foreseeable future. We will raise our voices, engage with one another, lean on the community, and rest as needed. I am happy the Black community has gained so many allies in the last month, but now it’s time to be accomplices. It’s time to reflect on how your daily choices can impact someone else’s life, both seen and unseen, negatively and positively. It’s time to fight voter suppression so we can elect leaders who truly represent the interest of the people. It’s time to stand for our LGBTQA+ community and advocate for human beings who come here in search of a better life. Most importantly, it’s time to see how we are all connected. My liberation is your liberation and the same will be said for generations to come. It’s time to get started.

We Got Us

In an ongoing effort to elevate Black voices and provide allyship resources, José González hosted a conversation with Dr. Carolyn Finney, Faith E. Briggs, Teresa Baker, and CJ Goulding to discuss allyship, Black Joy, Presence, and other themes.

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As we move in these times with hurt and an increasing awareness of the brokenness and injustices around us, especially that of police brutality and anti-Blackness, it can be challenging to hold the space of perpendicular emotions, a space of pain that also includes a space to support Black Joy – a space of multitudes for the spectrum of Black Identity, Black Presence, and Black Leadership.

In this, I had the joy to be in conversation with some peers, colleagues, and friends I admire.

They are:

  • Dr. Carolyn Finney lives at the intersection of art, education and lived experience. As a storyteller and cultural interrogator, she is passionate about confronting the truth of our past, particularly as it relates to race and the environment, so that we can stand in better relationship with each other, this Earth, and our collective possibility.
  • Faith E. Briggs also works in a host of spaces, with a focus on representation in media, looking at whose stories are told, where and by whom. She describes herself as a “story sharer” especially stories related to the outside and places we love, build, and grow.
  • Teresa Baker shares her focus and passion for matters of diversity and inclusion in outdoor places, while also noting the importance of “how we show up” in this work.
  • CJ Goulding, who describes his passions as working with young people and building community. A weaver that connects people with better versions of themselves and with others.

I consider them all talented teachers from whom to learn, and I am grateful for the time, energy, and spirit they offer to us, so that we can be aligned with working together on these ideas of collective liberation – one where Black Liberation is key.

You can listen to a full video and audio recording of our session HERE.

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Following are some distillations and formulations from that conversation, which in itself is merely a sampling of the ideation that unfolds from their hearts and minds.

In discussing how the panelists are being in the space at the moment, how they view leadership and action for this time, as well as how they care for themselves and others, some key learnings are offered that are applicable for practicing allyship, sitting and learning with discomfort, and especially what can demonstrate change, action, and trust-building from White leadership.

To start, in being and then moving with this moment, there is a recognition of the reality and challenge of balancing between that which drains and that which energizes. This is a space that can be depressing and exhausting, while still including a hopeful energy if it means more people are willing and able to listen and act.

Teresa noted how “it’s hard, but this is also where we need to be. Change can exist in chaos.”

Faith stressed the point of recognizing the moment within a context of longer work, “I’ve been constantly trying to advocate for our freedom and equity and NOW you want to listen? So what do you think I’ve been doing? I’ve already been giving all this before. So, I’m glad you’re here, but this is hard work – it’s not a post, not a hashtag, not a black square. I’ve had to prove it’s real, now you need to prove you’re here for it.”

Carolyn added that “it’s weird to feel…beyond sad about something and excited, though that’s not the right word. Suddenly we want to be amplified, and heard…but how long is it going to last? I don’t want to TEMPER things any more.”

This was also a reminder to not view or treat Black identity and community as a monolith, especially as some things are moving relatively quickly. As CJ noted, “many things are happening quickly in a small time frame. The pandemic highlighted inequities that already existed, cracks that were already in the system and now people are home with a different sense of time, with information available at quicker speeds. Sometimes things are moving so fast that I need time to step out too and see how I can be helpful in this space, because the fire is burning and we’re here to stoke it in a healthy way and in a right direction.”

Such reflection is important since as Carolyn noted, “on one hand we need to have action, but action without thought and vision is dangerous. I’m cautious about who’s just coming on board and calling for action. I’m asking ‘what type of action? What frameworks are you using?’

My intent is to recreate something good, not recreate something that is going to cause harm down the line, especially because the issues underlying this ain’t going away in a month.”

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The question of what wells we draw upon, the foundations we build on, and what frameworks we use matters not just in recognizing leadership of past and present, but also in opening up the imagination of the future. CJ and Faith noted how important it is to know one’s history and the intellectual and community thought leadership so that we “don’t have to come up with new words if not necessary, but apply them to where it is happening today. Folks have been through this – I’m going to see how I carry that baton.”

Teresa notes it with a simplicity of “everything is pushing me forward and encouraging me onward. No matter what, I live in debt to those that came before me and with an obligation to those that will come after.”

Faith noted how it’s personal with a bi-racial family. “What’s happening now is what’s been happening in me all of my life – I understand what the goal can look like, despite how heavy it is.”

Carolyn reminded us of the power we hold in the future we envision, especially as she said that as much as she draws strength and vision from the Ancestors and Black leadership, she’s also inspired by the power of science fiction, noting “we’re making up s*#t all the time, we dream it up and then make it real. So why can’t we change this?”

I admit that as a nerd in my own capacity, I’ve wondered about the potential of how we manifest that. That we can drive a lot of imagination and realization into not just actual space technology but also that dreamt by science fiction narrative. How easy is it to dream up a warp engine but not a just justice system? A rebellion against a galactic Empire, but struggle with how that looks like in our city streets?

Still, even as some things may take time, the call for action is now. As Teresa stated, “this needs to move from ‘Black Lives Matter’ to actual change in mission statements, in boards – I need to see where you really show you love Black America.” Carolyn added, “I want to see your budget line for it.”

This matters because it’s a common extractive and oppressive narrative and structure that White people need to face and account for, one that “loves Black culture but not Black people.” As Faith noted, “I want you to say Black Lives Matter and then back it up. I’m tired of people tiptoeing around it — and not say Black. You can’t watch Black entertainment and say that equates to loving Black America. We’ve been used and put on display, but not in the budget lines or part of the decision-making.”

CJ stressed the point of ensuring that this does not become or stay performative, especially as the line for what counts as change is moving. Actions such as kneeling matter, but they mattered before and were dismissed and ignored. So showing that now at best just shows that you need to catch up. As CJ noted, “you’re late to the kneeling party. I want you to do the things that your job allows you to have influence over.” This applies to elected officials who can change policy and direct funding accordingly. This applies to executives who hold power over resources and hiring practices.

This comes with a recognition that “it ain’t going to be pretty,” and that’s okay. It’s a recognition that discomfort is part of the process because ignoring it has been part of the problem. As Carolyn stated, “don’t conflate hate with hurt, pain, and loss. Black people get upset and it’s about hate?

The whole White Supremacy structure has to change – some tables have to be destroyed – if you really want to see something different you’re going to have to give it up, because we’ve been giving it up for 400 years, and for me, I still got you, because if I see you do that, then for me it’s a process of trust.”

Faith and Teresa commented on the idea of being slow or paralyzed to action because of a need to “polish the message.” As Faith noted, “people have to be willing to take the message when it’s not polished, it looks angry because it’s hurting, it’s pain. I don’t want people to come to me because I’m making the message of pain and hurt more palatable. You have to learn it from all the different ways we’re putting it out there.” Teresa added “we’re delivering our imperfect selves. They want the work to be pretty, to be polished to be perfect. That you can only act when it’s perfect to do so, but it’s not.”

This further stresses the point of being able to sit, move, and act with discomfort, especially when facing hard truths. One such example is the sociocultural infrastructure of White Supremacy. Carolyn and Faith note how “managing perfection is one of the cornerstones of White Supremacy.” And yet, Faith notes, “people hear White Supremacy and they freak out. And yet what they ARE doing is managing perception – that very cornerstone…But also when are you going to say ‘I’m too tired,’ or it matters too much, to manage perceptions. This is about people, so making it about people is more important than managing self perceptions.”

Carolyn sums up an important point, especially in paying attention where respective work lies. Some people are hesitant to use the term “White ally” if it obscures the fact of where certain accountability lies. It’s a reminder of the work that White people as a community at large need to undertake and account for. As Carolyn notes: “you (White people) have to break it, ain’t nothing about it going to be pretty or comfortable, and we can help you. You have to be able to take the mallet. We can’t do it for you. Well, we could, but if we do, it doesn’t get us farther and you’re likely to blame us for it.”

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In discussing how they view coming into their leadership and how that fits in relations to others, one takeaway from the group for me was the value of keeping the big picture in mind while practicing awareness of one’s development and value within that picture.

In addition to “doing what Teresa tells me to do,” CJ used a hiking metaphor, where “in setting out on a trail, you have to account for what your destination is and where you’re heading. So see the bigger picture, with awareness of myself – I’m not going to accomplish what I set out to accomplish if I put myself in the wrong position. That takes work, to understand yourself, understand the bigger picture, and how others fit into that process.”

Faith and Carolyn further added about the value and role of being connectors. “It’s good to ask what our roles can be, as well as who we can connect to shine in those moments. How can I extend it to others? I want to keep the gratitude and expansiveness of it.”

Faith also noted how “roles can also help us with boundaries so we don’t stop on exhaustion. (Using a hiking and running metaphor) At mile 10 you become a liability and someone has to come rescue you if you didn’t plan and prepare for it. Also, don’t apologize for your pace – when I’m running I can’t apologize for not being at someone else’s pace, don’t sell yourself short, but do what you can.”

Lastly, speaking of exhaustion, we closed with thoughts on rest and restoration. As the Nap Ministry reminds us, “rest allows space to invent” and “rest is a form of Resistance,” thus the value of it in this work.

Teresa, ever the outdoors and nature evangelist, notes how “heading out to the redwoods” is her space of rest, especially enjoying being still in the moment and to help with “not rushing to respond to someone because I’m expected to.” She also draws restoration from her 10-year old niece.

Faith echoes the need for pause “when everything feels urgent.” She draws rest and restoration from listening. That can be listening to podcasts but also listening to herself, in the form of meditation, of taking the time to think, and “being kind to herself.”

Carolyn, given her demanding schedule prior to the pandemic, noted how the current moment, as trying and triggering as it has been, has also provided a point of reflection on rest, compared to relaxing. “Rest and restoration, sometimes I forget – but I’ve been able to take a moment and put my hands in a flower pot…People were telling me ‘you look great’ and I would ask myself ‘why do people say that?’ Ah it’s because it’s the first time I’ve looked rested, compared to before. I can relax, but actual rest?”

CJ, always with a community perspective, noted “this conversation for me is restoration. A reminder that the burden is not on myself alone. As a result of that I have more energy to continue.”

That indeed is a good reminder that self care is not always an individual effort, and in many ways how self care is community care.

As we continue on this journey, moving with pain, hope, energy, and a dose of radical imagination, I found the words and thoughts of my esteemed colleagues purposeful and inspiring.

But it was also their presence and their ability to model and practice holding space for and with each other was instructive. Not merely in any reductive examination of process, but I think in grounding us in fundamental questions of this time. What does it mean to receive with gratitude the feedback of our Black friends, peers, colleagues, and community members. To practice seeing the multifaceted gifts they offer that challenge a dominant reductive narrative?

To me, there is much there that is offered and gifted, with purpose and love, if we are willing to listen.

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Lastly, as a quick little playlist. Here are some songs that are fueling the group:

Resources for Allyship and Anti-Racism

If you’ve made your way to this post, it means you want to learn more about how you can become an ally to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) around you. Below is a curated list of resources our team has found helpful, to guide us on our journey of allyship and anti-racism. This guide is a compilation of resources from authors, experts and allies committed to uplifting the BIPOC community. This is not a comprehensive list, but it is a starting point. We are always looking to grow this list, and encourage you to seek more information for yourselves.

We humbly recognize this is just the start. But we are committed to doing our part. Because we know we fly higher when we fly together. It’s time to do better. It’s Time to Fly – together.

HOKA Global Athlete Ambassador Alison Désir has begun her summer-long virtual Meaning Thru Movement Tour, aimed to normalize the conversation around mental health in the running/fitness space. She also covers topics including “Allyship is a Verb,” a conversation with Dr. Riddhi Sandil, and will be addressing the topic “Let’s Talk About Whiteness” with Dr. Laura Smith. Alison has also curated a helpful, non-exhaustive list of (unfamiliar) terms that may come up in conversation throughout the MTM Tour, which you can access here. You can learn more about her Meaning Thru Movement virtual event schedule here, and follow on social media here. You can also follow Alison on Instagram here.

Fellow HOKA Global Athlete Ambassador Pattie Gonia worked with POC and allies in the outdoor industry to amplify their voices in her guide to Whiteness in the Outdoors. “As an imperfect white person with privilege to take action and encourage other white people to do the same because there’s no “outdoors for all” when racism exists. As a white person, I can’t speak to the unique experiences of marginalized groups surrounding race, so this is my attempt to amplify the voices of POC in the outdoors.” Read this, share this, and follow the individuals responsible for helping Pattie share this important information: @alisonmdesir, @_lassosafroworld, @teresabaker11, @she_colorsnature, @courtneyahndesign, @katieboue, @naturechola, @vasu_sojitra, @skynoire, @ava, @chescaleigh, @guantesolo and Ellen Tozolo. You can follow @pattiegonia here.

Rachel Cargle is an author and lecturer who has published pieces including “Why You Need to Stop Saying ‘All Lives Matter’” and “How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving” for Harper’s Bazaar. She also curates a monthly self-paced syllabi for The Great Unlearn: a community of everyday human beings committed to curiosity for what is possible in the world. You can follow Rachel on Instagram here, and you can donate for a monthly membership here.

Books you can read:

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • How to be an Anti Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijemoa Oluo
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
  • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue

Podcasts you can listen to:

  • 1619 (New York Times)
  • Code Switch (NPR)
  • Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
  • Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
  • Pod Save the People
  • Seeing White

Documentaries and films you can watch:

  • 13th by Ava Duvernay (available on Netflix)
  • American Son by Kenny Leon (available on Netflix)
  • Dear White People by Justin Simien (available on Netflix)
  • See You Yesterday by Stefon Bristol (available on Netflix)
  • When They See Us by Ava Duvernay (available on Netflix)
  • I Am Not Your Negro – a James Baldwin Documentary (available via Amazon Prime)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins (available on Hulu)
  • The Hate U Give by George Tillman Jr. (available on Hulu)

Other actions you can take:

  • Talk to your family and friends about racism, social injustices, police brutality, white privilege and your own experiences and what you are learning.
  • If you are a parent or guardian, talk to your children about racism. It is never too early and do not put off these conversations because it makes you uncomfortable.
  • If you are a parent or guardian, initiate dialogue with your children’s schoolteachers and principals about the curriculum being taught and how they are talking about racism with students.
  • Attend your local city council meetings and write to your local politicians, police chiefs and sheriffs demanding they adopt a resolution condemning police brutality.
  • Use your voice and attend Black Lives Matter (BLM) uprisings with friends and family.
  • VOTE for officials, measures and props that will uplift BIPOC. If you aren’t registered to vote, you can do so here.
  • If you are a hiring manager, make sure you are reviewing, interviewing and hiring BIPOC candidates.
  • Donate to organizations uplifting BIPOC. Here are some Deckers and HOKA are donating to: NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU Foundation, the Center for Constitutional RightsBlack Lives Matter and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

It is important that you seek more information for yourself to continue learning about allyship, anti-racism and how you can show up for BIPOC. Listen to, and elevate, BIPOC voices and let them guide the conversation. Let them call you in. This is not you getting “called out.”

Remember the goal is progress, not perfection. You will make mistakes and you will fail because you are trying. It is important to remember we must always keep trying. It is the right thing to do and it will save lives.