Black Lives Matter.

TW/CW: To my Black siblings, this is a post by a white woman as an attempt to spread the message that Black Lives Matter. This post is just a compilation of resources but is not perfect nor exhaustive. If you do read through and spot things that need to change, please let me know. But also, take care of yourself. If you are overwhelmed and cannot spend the emotional energy, don’t read. It is not your job to correct me, I need to learn on my own. With that said, I am sending you my love, support, commitment to action and to do my best for you.

I created The Sex Pastor (TSP) to talk about the intersection of religion and sexuality. To talk about the ways that religion has influenced the way we operate sexually or speak about our sexuality. I love this intersection and created this blog to share my passion with more people and make something of a difference. However, I cannot write about religion and sex this week. My commitment to social justice and lifting up the voices of others is stronger than my desire to talk about TSP topics. 

If you think the jump from TSP to Black Lives Matter is extreme, let’s be real for a minute. TSP talks about sex and sexuality. You can’t have sex or explore your sexuality if you are dead. The church doesn’t exist without living people wanting to worship together. 

Instead of writing something, this will be a list of resources to contribute to for justice. This is all I know to do since I cannot speak to the experience of being Black in America. Please share in your circles and lift up the voices of those we have marginalized. 

First of all, should be where you go initially. There are plenty of resources on this website to help you understand the movement. Also is a master list of ways you can help. 

Therapy/Mental Health Resources for Black and NBPOC:

Anti-Racism Resources: – a list of books, movies, people to follow, etc. This will give you a starting point on educating yourself. – “Anti-racism work is an ongoing, everyday process of active allyship, listening and learning. In that spirit, the Resource Sharing Project provides a round-up of some of our favorite resources to aid in your journey to undo racism in your coalition and community.  Anti-racism work is an integral part of our work to end sexual violence and essential to advance women of color leadership in our movement and beyond.” – “St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School | Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Anti-Racist Resource List for Students and Families” – “This document was created to be used as a resource for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of anti-racism and get involved to combat racism,  specifically as it relates to anti-Blackness and police violence. Within this guide, please find a variety of resources to explore practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity, white supremacy, police violence, and injustice.” – “This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. All of these resources have been sourced from other Google docs, or articles — we have simply reordered them in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources.” – Detour Spotting for White Anti-Racists: “To change the detouring behavior, I must first be fully conscious of what I’m doing, the behavior and its consequences. Next, I need to reflect on the behavior’s attitudinal roots. Finally, I determine the prescribed, desired change I want to make and the best strategy for achieving it.” – A reading list from JSTOR about institutionalized racism. 

Petitions: – A master list of petitions you can sign. – Sign to defund the police. They already have enough money flowing into them. – Justice for George Floyd; Arrest the Three Other Officers involved in the Death of George Floyd; Raise the Degree – Color of Change petition #justiceforfloyd – This is a link that opens an email prompt calling for action against the three other officers involved in George Floyd’s murder.

Text “JUSTICE” to 668366 – Demand justice for George Floyd.

Text “FLOYD” to 55156 – Demand justice for George Floyd.

Text “ENOUGH” to 55156 – Demand justice for Breonna Taylor.

Call or send a message to your local congressional representative. 

Bail Funds: – This is a list of bail funds you can donate to. Many people are being arrested unlawfully and need help getting out. It is organized by city. 

Prison Reform: – “Prison Abolition and Alternatives to Incarceration Starter Resources”. If this does not make sense to you, watch “13th” on Netflix.

Book resources: – a link to Black owned bookstores. 

Books to buy from the Black owned businesses:

A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature by Jacqueline Goldsby

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein 

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum 

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper 

Netflix: – this is a link with shows, movies, documentaries, etc. about racism. 

If you have made it all the way down here, good job. I hope you have clicked on every link and have begun the process of unlearning all the racist things that are present in you. I am trying to do so. Again, I want to say that this list is not exhaustive by any means. There are plenty of resources elsewhere that are not on this page. If you find some that you want to be on this page, send them my way. I will update as soon as I can. The Sex Pastor was created to combat one form of injustice so we cannot be silent to others. Let’s commit ourselves to working for our Black siblings, the way we should have been years ago. Enough is enough. Black lives are at stake. And they matter. Black Lives Matter.