In February I joined a thought work book club and where we read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. While reading this book we did the values activity as a group. During this exercise you select all the values that apply to you and categorize them into your top 2 main values. My top two values were connection and growth, but one value I was reminded of during this process was my value for equality. By focusing on survival and controlling my body I devoted less energy to living that value in all areas. I had focused more specifically on feminism (which I now realize was white feminism) and the LGBTQIA community. I recognize that it is a privilege that I was able to be less focused on the struggles of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in our society.
However in May of 2020 when we were all faced with the reality of living in America as several unarmed black people were murdered, with George Floyd’s being recorded and shared on every media platform available. With this heinous show of power and reminder of racism in America I realized now was the time to do the work. I was no longer complacent sitting in the side lines and I realized I had the tools to address myself and my inner circle. In the last 6 months I have read amazing books, done some very hard work on my internal biases, had tough conversations about race, and I have worked on becoming an active ally. I am not done learning, but I am more aware of the inequality in the world then I have ever been before.
These were the tools I used to start on the Anti-Racism journey.
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
- Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
- This Book is Antiracist by Tiffany Jewel
Books I have on my to read list:
- Check your Privilege by Myisha T. Hill and Brandy Varnado
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Groups I have subscribed to via email newletter:
- Anti-Racism Daily
- Black Lives Matter Global
- Black Lives Matter: There are normally sectors in each state
- Grassroots Law Project
- Anti-Racism Training Course Starts 11/15/2020 and it’s free unless you need CEUs
- Why Racism is a Public Health Issue Article
- Answering White People’s Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Black Lives Matter Movement Article
- How to Overcome Our Biases Ted Talk
- Change.org sign petitions for anti-racism
There are so many resources to start your journey and I have only named a few. It is not enough to just say you aren’t racist, we have grown up in a white supremacy system and the toxins seep through to us all. We must do the work to address our internal bias and actively become anti-racist.