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Antiracism Pittsburgh

Non-Zero Days, Antiracism Edition: Days 10 – 20

Still at it! Only one zero day…but it maybe was a -1 day.

June 7

June 8

  • Sent my family and a friend the @thegreatunlearn Instagram account by Rachel Cargle
  • Donated the remainder of my stimulus check to Campaign Zero + additional $565 raised from friends and family
  • Talked to old friend and asked how she’s talked to her kids about racism
  • Watched the recent John Oliver episode (entire episode devoted to the police) with my mom and we had some intense conversation following the show. I highly recommend watching it with a friend or family member.

June 9

  • Reflected on how I truly have the option to just forget about injustice and get back to my life
  • Added some entries to the “Antiracism: One Mistake at a Time” zine

June 10

  • Rest

June 11

June 12

  • I thought a lot about a potentially concerning interaction with my neighbor and person of color, and that I could say something about it to my neighbor. I resolved to say something.

June 13

  • This was a zero day, or maybe even -1 day: I went back on my resolution to say something to my neighbor. I realized I may be overly critical of the interaction, and that maybe it wasn’t a big deal at all. Saying something might cause more harm than good.

June 14

June 15

  • Posted in the M4BL Slack asking about an a appropriate volunteer role, and I learned about What’s Up, Pittsburgh?!, a local anti-racist organization that mainly consists of resources, study groups, and event postings
  • While I was on a walk in my neighborhood, I saw four police cruisers and about eight police officers gathered around a house on a quiet street. It looked like a Black woman who lived across the street had called them to check on her family in the other house, but I’m not sure of the details. I decided to hang around on the block – I’m not sure what I was expecting to do, but figured that if anything escalated in what looked like an inappropriate manner I could at least call 911 and film it on my phone. The police dispersed after about 30 minutes, and appeared to have not taken any action.

June 16