“It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets.” — Michelle Obama
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I can say and do right now that would be useful and helpful. I’m still not sure but I know what’s not — saying nothing at all. It doesn’t matter that I’m clumsy or scared to say the wrong thing, what matters are Black lives. My white privilege keeps me safe and makes others live in fear. It keeps people in poverty, puts them in prisons, takes their lives.
It’s a huge understatement to say I have so much to learn and unlearn. But I’m making a start. Here are some things I’m reading, re-reading and watching that are expanding my understanding. I know I can never truly understand, but I stand with you. Please share any other helpful resources in the comments.
Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us (Roxanne Gay, The New York Times)
Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement: Here’s What You’ve Missed (Ijeoma Oluo, Medium.com)
10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black (Cicely Blain, Strategem)
#BlackDadWorries: Worrying About Raising Black Children in a World That Doesn’t Value Them (Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad)
Black Parents Explain How to Deal with the Police (Elaine Goldsmith Thomas)
“If you can only be tall because someone else is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And white people have a very, very serious problem.” (Toni Morrison via Musemo Handahu aka misslionhunter)
My Personal Anti-Racist Reading List (Grace Atwood, The Stripe)
Black Organizations and Anti-Racist Groups Canadians Can Support Now (Huffington Post)
Let’s take care of each other.