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Mission

    This  page includes resources of research, forums, and events that aim to improve our understanding of community and organizational capacity for bystander action to prevent race-based discrimination and support cultural diversity.

    Bystander anti-racism is action taken by "ordinary" people in response to incidents of interpersonal or systemic racism. 

     

    Upcoming Events

    SPARK Kindness presents: A FREE program for parents/caregivers of children of all ages.

    About this Event

    A Q&A discussion with antiracist educator and parent Melissa Patrick, MSW. For parents and caregivers who are curious about how to talk to their kids about race and racism.

    ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.

    Melissa Patrick is an Educator, Social Worker, and Learning & Development Specialist. She brings this robust, interdisciplinary background to her work as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) professional. Melissa is committed to advancing equity and social justice and has devoted her professional life to doing just this. She has worked with clients in various sectors, such as: education, healthcare, financial services, faith-based organizations, social service and government agencies.

     

    COVID-19 Resources

    Below is a list of resources that focus on the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of social justice and equity:

    • Race Forward’s statement calling for local and state governments to center communities of color in their response to COVID-19.
    • The Movement for Black Lives’ set of policy demands for federal, state, and local governments to center Black communities in their response to COVID-19.
    • Science-Fiction author Octavia E. Butler’s essay, originally published in Essence magazine in 2000, which includes the powerful line “There is no single answer that will solve all of our future problems. There’s no magic bullet. Instead there are thousands of answers – at least. You can be one of them if you choose to be.”
    • Healing Justice’s podcast & resource list on addressing the pandemic through the lens of social justice.
    • Organizers at Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste’s essay, “Organizing in a Time of Approaching Pandemic.
    • Transformative Spaces’ list of demands from grassroots organizers concerning COVID-19.
    • PolicyLink’s call to federal leaders to ensure the safety of the public, especially the most vulnerable.
       

    Supporting Our Black Community

    Local

    Support minority and women owned Bloomington Businesses: https://bloomington.in.gov/sites/default/files/2017-05/minority_women_owned_businesses.pdf

    Learn about ways to support the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Black Males: https://bloomington.in.gov/boards/status-of-black-males

    And the City of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission: https://bloomington.in.gov/boards/mlk

    Take a class or explore a campus partner of IU’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies: https://aaads.indiana.edu/about/resources-partners.html

    Visit or donate to the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center: https://blackculture.indiana.edu/

    Check out Bloomington’s own Bring It On! on WFHB. Bring It On! is Indiana’s only weekly radio program committed to exploring the people, issues and events impacting the African-American community. https://wfhb.org/category/public-affairs/bringiton/

     

    Now Available! Confronting White Nationalism in Schools Toolkit

     

    Americans across the country report a rise in white nationalism and other bigoted extremism. Because schools are hubs of our communities, they have become battlegrounds for extremist organizing and recruitment sites for white nationalist groups targeting young people.

    In this toolkit, we’ll share strategies to counter white nationalist organizing through sample scenarios that schools frequently encounter. Whether a student has been found passing out white nationalist flyers or buttons on school property, or more actively advocating for a “white pride” student group, the toolkit offers advice for parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and the wider community.

    Everyone who engages in the life of a school is in a unique position to isolate and push back against the growing white nationalist movement and its hateful narratives. We can build schools where everyone feels valued, and where students grow to be engaged citizens of an inclusive democracy.

    Learn more at https://www.westernstatescenter.org/schools

    Learn more about racial injustice and the Black experience in America with this collection of films, series, documentaries,  and books.

    Read List

    Articles:  

    5 ways to start being a better ally for your black coworkers CNBC

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/03/how-to-be-a-better-ally-for-your-black-coworkers.html

    The American Nightmare by Ibram X. Kendi The Atlantic

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/american-nightmare/612457/

    75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Connie Shutack medium.com

    https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

    Watch List

    13th

    Dear White People

    Who Killed Malcolm X?

    LA 92

    #blackAF

    Fruitvale Station

    Time: The Kalief Browder Story

    Becoming

    Luke Cage

    The Innocence Files

    Self Made

    Pose

    Seven Seconds

    All Day and a Night

    Homecoming

    Oprah Winfrey presents: When They See Us Now

    American Son

    Mudbound

    See You Yesterday

    Who Shot the Sheriff?

    Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

    ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads

    Michael Che Matters

    The Black Godfather

    Quincy

    Bobby Kennedy for President

    The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

    Undercover

    Chris Rock: Tamborine

    Strong Island

    Zion

    Barry

    Wanda Sykes: Not Normal

    ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?

    What Happened, Miss Simone?

    Imperial Dreams

    Uppity

    Trigger Warning with Killer Mike

    She’s Gotta Have It

    ReMastered: The Lion’s Share

    Jewel’s Catch One

    Orange is the New Black

    Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

    Rodney King

    Teach Us All


     

    How to report a hate incident

    The Bloomington Municipal Code defines a hate incident as including verbal or physical abuse directed at individuals or groups because of their race, sex, color, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, veteran status or housing status. If you are a victim of a hate incident, or witness one, we encourage you to report it. Doing so can help you get the support you need. You may make a report by doing one or more of the following:

    • If you believe a crime has occurred, call 911 as soon as you can so that law enforcement may take appropriate action.
    • Contact the Bloomington Human Rights Commission by calling 812-349-3429 or e-mailing human.rights@bloomington.in.gov. The BHRC accepts anonymous reports. The BHRC staff will listen to your description of the incident, will try to make appropriate referrals, will help you file a police report if that is your wish and will include a description of the incident in its annual hate incidents report. (No names are included in the annual report.)


    What type of action do people take?

    • Confronting or disagreeing with the perpetrator
    • Calling it "racism" or "discrimination" (if it is safe or productive to do so)
    • Interrupting or distracting perpetrator
    • Comforting the person(s) targeted
    • Expressing upset feelings
    • Seeking assistance from friend, teacher, manager, coach, etc.
    • Reporting the incident to authorities 


    What helps people to intervene when they witness racism?

    • Knowledge of what constitutes racism
    • Awareness of harm caused by racism
    • Perception of responsibility to intervene
    • Perceived ability to intervene
    • Desire to educate a perpetrator
    • Emotional responses to racism: empathy, expressing anger, disapproval, etc.
    • Self-affirmation
    • Anti-racist social norms


    What stops people from intervening when they witness racism?

    "There's two reasons why people don't speak up or speak out. One is afraid of becoming a target themselves the second is because they say they did not know what to say or do…"

    • Seeing the target of racism as belonging to a different group that you are not responsible for (exclusive group identity)
    • Fear of violence or vilification, being targeted by perpetrator
    • Perception that action would be ineffective
    • Lack of knowledge about how to intervene
    • Concern that confrontation would be seen as aggressive or not "feminine" (gender role prescriptions)
    • Impression management
    • A desire to preserve positive interpersonal relations
    • A desire to avoid conflict
    • Freedom of speech/anti-political correctness
    • Social norms that are tolerant of racism

    What can I do?

      If you see racist behavior in public, you could….

      • Say something if it feels safe. It could be as simple as saying “Why don’t you just leave him/her alone?”

      If it doesn’t feel safe to say something, you could….

      • Think about how you can support the target of the abuse. Go and sit or stand next to them and check if they’re ok.

      • Tell someone responsible, such as the driver, if it’s happening on a bus or a security guard if it’s happening at a store or venue.

      • Call the police if you think that you or somebody else may be in danger.

      If you see racist material online, you could….

      • Report it. Most social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube) can deal with offensive content.

      • Make a complaint to the City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission or police.

      • Say something. Go to the "Letter to a Hater " section below to check out messages you can post in response to “haters” online.

      If you see racism directed towards a classmate, colleague or teammate, you could….

      • Say something. There are many ways you can respond to prejudice in any situation.

      • Tell them that they can complain. The City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission can investigate and resolve complaints of race discrimination. The complaints process is free and confidential.

      • Suggest they talk to someone. Most schools, workplaces and sports clubs will have a policy for dealing with bullying, and harassment, including racism.

       

      Letter to a Hater

      Below are four examples of messages you can use to respond to online hate. A friendly request you can cut and paste in response to a hateful blog post or comment on a news story.... If you see hate online, speak up!
       

      Option 1:

      Shareable Link - Use this link to respond to a hateful post

      Option 2:

      I/We think your comment is hateful and in no way reflects the views of the majority of people on this website/blog. Discriminating against others, whether because of their race, sex, sexuality or background, makes for a society of narrow-minded bigots.

      You’re entitled to your private opinion, however, if you publicly victimize someone, we won’t stand for it.

      If anyone else agrees, REPOST THIS MESSAGE and visit bloomington.in.gov/building-bridges to help us fight racism, sexism, homophobia and all other forms of hate.

      Thanks,

      The Anti-Hater

      Option 3:

      Just letting you know your online hate is not acceptable.

      I'm not sure if you think you're just making a joke or you just think because no one can see you or knows your real name that it is OK to say these things. It isn’t. We do not want people with your views on this website or anywhere else.

      Take your hate and go away. Anyone else who wants to see less of this vile racism, homophobia, sexism visit bloomington.in.gov/building-bridges to find new ways to stop hate and haters taking up our time and space.

      Thanks,

      The Anti-Hater

      Option 4:

      I want to let you know that the email/letter/post you have sent may be in breach of the law and I am going to report you to the owner of this website and the relevant authorities. Laws protect people from being vilified, bullied and harassed and you may have broken the law.

      Thanks,

      The Anti-Hater