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First Name Basis Podcast


Apr 21, 2020

We had an amazing conversation on Instagram and I really didn’t want you to miss it! I shared a post about resisting the temptation to be seen as a savior and becoming a liberator instead. Then, one of the members of our First Name Basis fam asked what it looks like to be a liberator and we launched into an awesome conversation about 5 things that we can all do to be liberators. 

 

 

1. Learn 

 

  • About the issues facing marginalized communities 
  • About the privileges you hold
  • One of the best places to start is books: firstnamebasis.org/books 

 

 

2. Listen (no matter what it sounds like)

 

  • Diversify your social networks and your social media 

 

 

3. Walk with us and amplify our voices 

 

  • People with power, privilege and resources are used to their voices being the loudest in the room, to be a liberator you have to be willing to take a back seat and amplify the voices of those in marginalized communities 
  • Speak up when someone makes derogatory comments or jokes, help them understand why what they have done/said is inappropriate (especially on social media)

 

 

4. Redistribute your resources 

 

  • Support businesses owned by People of Color 
  • Support nonprofit organizations that are run by People of Color and are doing the work to support under-resourced communities 

 

 

5. Be civically engaged 

 

  • Keep up with current events
  • Vote for leaders who listen to and support marginalized communities 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood