The 30-Day Justice Plan
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because there are important steps each of us can take to learn and to enact change.
By Shaan Merchant
Eight minutes and 46 seconds: That’s how long it took an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department to take the life of George Floyd, a cheerful father of two who was a great athlete and loved to dance. What can you do with that amount of time?
While this is not a comprehensive list, we encourage our readers, especially non-Black ones, to use the time you have to take steps toward justice. To start, spend more than eight minutes and 46 seconds a day to be part of this change.
- Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” by Peggy McIntosh.
- Sit in the discomfort of confronting your own privilege. Consider not only the privilege you have but how it affects your life.
- Sign the petitions for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and others.
- Donate to a local bail fund.
- Register to vote or confirm you are already registered.
- Call your senators and urge them to back the Emmett Till Antilynching Act.
- Watch Megan Ming Francis’ “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” TEDx Talk.
- Listen to the “Keep the Fight” episode of Pod Save the People.
- Read “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Ibram X. Kendi.
- Dinner and a movie: Order food from a local Black-owned restaurant and watch Ava DuVernay’s 13th on Netflix.
- Watch Alfre Woodard performing Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech.
- Read “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” by Audre Lorde.
- Read “The Bridge Poem,” by Kate Rushin.
- Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, after buying it from a Black-owned bookstore.
- Give your copy of The New Jim Crow to a friend and spend a day reflecting on what you’ve learned.
- Explore and read pieces from History Is a Weapon.
- Donate to the Movement for Black Lives.
- Call your local elected leaders and police chief to advocate for police de-escalation training, if they don’t require it already.
- Watch Britney Cooper’s “The Racial Politics of Time” TED Talk.
- Support Black-owned businesses. Here’s a list of places you can support from afar.
- Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative.
- Dance to music made by Black artists. Here’s a playlist from OZY:
- Read Freedom Is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Davis.
- Buy children’s books featuring diverse characters and donate them to a local school. Here’s one list; you can find many more online.
- Read “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
- Listen to “A Decade of Watching Black People Die” on NPR’s Code Switch podcast.
- Read “Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde.”
- Send this list to a friend and challenge them to see whether they can devote a small portion of each day for a month to supporting a more just America.
- Shaan Merchant, OZY Author Contact Shaan Merchant