I don’t have much to say that I haven’t already said, other than to reiterate the fact that it’s incredibly important for each of us to find ways to be part of the solution. We have to do the work, and we have to do it from wherever we can.
I will have an update on how I will be using my voice, my skills and experience in this arena soon. In the meantime, I hope that the resources below help take you from awareness to action. It’s time.
Barack Obama. Medium
Key quote: “So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.” Read the rest here.
Brittany Wong. Huffington Post
Key quote: “Oftentimes, the desire to be a “perfect” ally stops people from speaking up and taking action. Sometimes, we say nothing at all, not wanting to rock the boat or be judged as “too political” on social media. This silence is part of white supremacy culture. (For what it’s worth, speaking up against human rights violations is about as low-risk as you can get if you’re worried about appearing “political.”)” Read the rest here.
Anna North. Vox
Key quote: “The work of anti-racism can’t stop next month, next year, or when the news cycle moves on. Right now, a lot of white people are paying attention to racism and police violence “because they have no choice,” Simmons said. They’re stuck at home because of the pandemic, and the protests are all over the media. But anti-racism can’t be something people think about only while it’s convenient, Simmons said. “It has to be a commitment that you make.” Read the rest here.
Ibram X. Kendi. The New York Times
Key quote: “To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books. Not books that reinforce old ideas about who we think we are, what we think America is, what we think racism is. Instead, we need to read books that are difficult or unorthodox, that don’t go down easily. Books that force us to confront our self-serving beliefs and make us aware that “I’m not racist” is a slogan of denial.” Read the rest here.
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