Witness + Work
My heart feels heavy, and dismayed, hopeful and empowered all at the same time this week. Witnessing the violent police presence in so many cities and towns around the country, including Olympia, is painful. It is painful to witness the white supremacy violence that killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY. Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, GA. Tony McDade in Tallahassee, FL. Dion Johnson in Phoenix, AZ. Yvonne McDonald in Olympia, WA in 2018 and Manuel Ellis in Tacoma, just a few weeks ago. It is painful to witness, but it is even more painful to experience it, to fear it, to live it. And so we show up, we speak out, we stand up, we listen, we learn. Today I am sharing some links and resources for us to continue our education. I look forward to the opportunity to continue these important conversations in the coming weeks.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
White Fragility by Robin J. Diangelo
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
*These links all go to the book for sale through Browsers Books in Olympia. Shop small! But, these books, and many like them are currently backordered.
So try getting a ebook? Or order now and wait patiently.
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies by Courney Ariel
Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun
Deconstructing White Privilege by Dr. Robin Di Angelo (Video)
Code Switch by NPR
Intersectionality Matters hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
This is just a beginning, a sampling of some resources I have found meaningful. Please share what you are reading and voices you are listening to with me as well!
Thank you for witnessing and doing this work together.