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.