About a month ago, I shared a list of resources that I found useful in my work to awaken my own internalized racism. I acknowledged those resources as just the beginning and in an effort to continue the conversation, I wanted to expand this list and stay in this practice with you.
Just like yoga, what is initially uncomfortable gets easier with dedication and repetition. And just like yoga, anti-racism is a practice to engage in over a lifetime.
I have a short list of things that have been helping me included below. Reply to this email with any feedback, questions or additional resources.
- Support black-owned businesses directly or advocate for local legislation to fund community development financial institutions, which give loans more readily to small neighborhood businesses.
- I’m an avid library user, but during the shutdown I’ve been buying books directly from black-owned Philly retailer Uncle Bobbie’s books instead of Amazon!
- Commit yourself to engage in conversation with your friends + family.
- Advocate for at-home voting in November to make voting easier and more accessible for all.
- Continue to learn and unlearn.
- Podcast: Graham by Radiolab, which discusses a court case in 2010 that changed the face of policing in the US.
- Book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Angelou’s autobiography that explores rape, racism, literacy and sexism. This is an amazing book!
- Book: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Highest recommendations. There are so many amazing Americans who I never learned about in my extensive, expensive education.
- Movie: Just Mercy, which tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. It is now available for free streaming.