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:
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Other actions you can take:
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.