As we continue to amplify Black voices, self-reflect, and educate ourselves on systemic racism, we understand that there’s an important step that we need to make in order to move forward. We need to acknowledge our history and the oppressive barriers that Black people have endured for centuries.
Today we invite our community to observe Juneteenth with us by setting some time aside to learn about the Black history that was intentionally omitted from our history textbooks. We will also share ways to support the Black community in Kansas City.
Learning Omitted History:
- Learning about Juneteenth
- History of Juneteenth (Video)
- Life After Slavery for African Americans
- Who Was J.C. Nichols? The Mixed Legacy Of The Man Whose Name Could Be Taken Off Kansas City’s Most Famous Fountain
- Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever
Reflecting on white-supremacy, privilege, and unlearning racism:
- The Case for Reparations
- White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack
- Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop
- When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels
- How to Be Antiracist: According to Black Folks Who Work in Tech
Supporting Black-owned businesses in Kansas City:
- Food/drink (list curated by Monarch Coffee)
- KC Soul Business Directory
- Troost Market Collective – KC Black-Owned Businesses
- Juneteenth KC Virtual Festival
Donating to organizations in Kansas City:
The fight towards ending racial injustice will be long and uncomfortable, but it’s important work that each of us are responsible for doing every day: from educating ourselves, checking our privilege, and voting for legislators who will fight for the rights of oppressed people. Choosing not to participate means choosing to uphold white supremacy and systemic racism.
The following tech companies are also observing Juneteenth and sharing valuable resources and information to accompany our own list of resources: