Let’s be real here. The world is in a weird place right now. As a white woman, I can’t imagine what so many people feel, but I want to have a moment to say that I support you. No one should suffer the way that George Floyd did, no matter what people think the reason is.
If you want to take action, now is the time to do it. You can donate to causes, peacefully protest, or take steps to helping your friends, loved ones, and neighbors become anti-racist. Another way that you can help is reading books by diverse authors or books about racism. And I happen to LOVE books, so this is my area of expertise. 😉
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. This is a no-brainer classic that everyone should read at some point. I remember reading this back in junior high school with my class, and thinking “Wow, I can’t imagine living life like this.” I think a few adults raised their eyebrows at us reading such a provocative book, especially in small town Texas, but I’m so glad my teacher gave us this assignment. This book really should be a staple in everyone’s life.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi. Want a good resource on what more you can do in today’s society? This book easily spells it out for you. The author talks about their own journey in towards anti-racism, and how to be a guide for other’s seeking the same end goal.
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. This book might make some uncomfortable, but it is super important. Why is it so hard to talk about racism? If you have a hard time talking about it with your peers, I would so recommend this book to learn how to break down that barrier.
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon. If you are looking for a thought-provoking and intense read, this sounds like the one for you. Full of raw emotion and an interesting look inside the author’s world, I’m thinking I need to pick this up for myself!
Want to support in other ways? There are dozens of ways you can help! Consider donating to one of these organizations, along with many more you can find in your local area:
Another WONDERFUL way to support BLM is to buy from black-owned businesses. Since this can vary from state to state, a quick google search for your area will yield probably dozens if not more results. The most promising way to find black-owned businesses is by using the Black Nation App, which conveniently finds stores/businesses by searching through a category.
The world is a crazy, sometimes stupid and reckless place. It is our job as humans to make the best we can and learn to love and respect each other. I know we can do it. 😄 Got any other suggestions? I would love to hear them! Drop them in the comments below. ♡
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr
The Library Lady ♡