On the weekends I compile links I love, gathering interesting reads and fun things from around the web and sharing them with you here. As protests and marches continue in my city of Louisville (home to Breonna Taylor) and throughout the United States, it doesn’t feel right to carry on with business as usual. Instead, today I’m sharing thoughtful anti-racism pieces and resources.
Change isn’t easy, but it is urgently necessary. In addition to reading and discussing many of the books and pieces referenced here and showing up in our community as we can, my own family has made donations to our community bail fund and to an anti-racism organization we’ve long supported, as well as made donations to Black candidates running for office (our state primary is coming up on June 23).
I’ve read so many wonderful pieces this week that seek to advance the cause of justice, equity, and anti-racism. If you’ve found an article or resource that has been particularly helpful to you, I’d appreciate it if you’d share it in comments.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- An Antiracist Reading List. “No one becomes ‘not racist,’ despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be ‘antiracist’ on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.”
- I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: The Duty of the Black Writer During Times of American Unrest. Powerful essay.
- The Double Standard of the American Riot. “The philosophy of force and violence to obtain freedom has long been employed by white people and explicitly denied to black Americans.”
- Warner Bros. makes Just Mercy available for free as education on ‘systemic racism.’ Watch the movie, read the book. (The print copy is temporarily out of stock in most places but you can try your local indie bookstore or get the ebook.)
- 10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship. Practical and tangible action we can take.
- Why The Small Protests In Small Towns Across America Matter. “These protests cut across demographics and geographic spaces. They’re happening in places with little in the way of a protest tradition, in places with majority white population and majority black, and at an unprecedented scale. People who’ve watched and participated in the Black Lives Matter movement since 2015 say that this time feels different. And the prevalence of these small protests is one of many reasons why.”
- Donate to the National Bail Fund Network in your community or around the country. (This TED talk explains why bail funds matter, and why they’re so effective.)
- Five Racist Anti-Racism Responses “Good” White Women Give to Viral Posts & The Only Kind of Response That’s Acceptable. “We don’t get a prize for being willing to talk about racism.”