• Pastor Liz

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. 

Follow:

@theconsciouskid

@mockingbirdhistorylessons

@ibramxk

@rachel.cargle

Read:

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

White Supremacy Culture, From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change by

Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun

Listen:

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. 

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