Eight Minutes and 46 Seconds.
That’s how long it took to shake our city to its knees, but it’s no secret it took even less time for us to rise up and cry for justice. Our city, our nation, our people…we are facing a historic reckoning. At Castle Building and Remodeling, we as a brand and individuals are committed to doing the ongoing work necessary to support racial injustice and fight inequality.
Our company motto is “The Best Value in Remodeling,” and we believe that goes beyond our work within a client’s home. Being the best and providing value applies to our everyday lives as well. While we may be small in numbers, we are passionate and engaged individuals who want to see change in our community. As a company we have made a $5,000 donation to We Love Lake Street, along with committing to continue helping with clean up and rebuilding our neighborhoods wherever we possibly can. While our efforts have been impactful, they are not enough. We will strive to continue to seek out more ways to make positive change in the fight for justice.
We are actively listening, and we will continue to learn on how we can do better. What can we do to do better and be better? How can we encourage and achieve more diversity in our hiring? How can we support minority owned vendors and trade partners. We want to encourage you to get involved in your community. Change starts with every individual consciously making the effort and taking action to ensure a more just and equitable world. Join us in making the promise to stand up and speak out against racism.
Follow these links to find some great resources both locally and nationally to help out.
Ways to help around the city:
1) Star Tribune
Educational Resources Follow the links below to find resources to learn more
Support Black Owned Businesses Follow the links below to find amazing Black-owned restaurants, shops and more.
1) City Pages
2) MSP Magazine
Books, Podcasts, and More
- Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How to be an Anti-Racist
- His conversation with Ezra Klein (podcast) on redefining racism
- Ta Nehasi Coates’ book, Between the World and Me
- Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
- Layla Saad’s book, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (forward by Robin DiAngelo, recommended by her)
- Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow
- Ava DuVernay’s Documentary on racism and the prison industrial complex, 13th
- Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
- Margaret Hagerman’s book, White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America
- If your [grand]kids aren’t necessarily white, but are privileged / affluent, this book still applies
- This podcast with Hagerman gives you a glimpse
- A really great paper on “Detour Spotting for White Anti-Racists“
- Brief article (by an academic who, I believe, identifies as White) on White Accountability to Black Lives
- A brief piece on 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
- A brief piece on 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Many other Anti-Racist Resources and Reads, compiled by the Evanston Public Library
- Another list of various resources compiled by colleagues at Loyola in connection with a highly-attended Zoom conversation about Anti-Racist Pedagogy
- CNN / Sesame Street’s Town Hall on Racism – good for kids (and adults) of all ages.
If there is a way to help out that you are passionate about, we would love to share it with our community. Simply send your submission to Hannah Husemann at email@example.com
Together we can change the world!