Like so many of us, I’m trying to do better. I’m trying to find the right words to say and often stumbling. I’m having hard conversations and spending way too much time on the news and social media.
This week’s email is dedicated to sharing resources and reads that I have found helpful, challenging, and clarifying. I don’t have all the answers. I’m learning and fumbling as I go. Most of my list is targeted toward white people because we have work to do. I have work to do.
Follow and pay
So, so many more people doing the work. Pay them.
Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. Follow this action list to demand justice for her murder.
Buy them from Black owned bookstores
Protest in any way you can. If you can’t physically be at a protest, make signs and put them in your house or car windows.
There are SO MANY. Please do your own research. These are the ones I have personally supported thus far:
A special section in case any of you are grappling with these common deflections–either yourself or in conversation with friends, family, or strangers on social media:
But what about the violence?
Remember how well this peaceful protest worked?
In this case, whataboutism feels like an appropriate argumentative strategy
Let’s think about where the real looting is happening
In America, property has always been racial
But ALL lives matter
But not ALL white women!
"Do not condemn what you do not understand. Do not condemn a people's response to the pain you've never had to feel. Do not condemn a fight you are not a part of."