We haven’t been sharing much here this week, since so much has been going on in the world and our communities. The outpouring of grief and anger after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so, so many others has been powerful to watch. Each of the incidents was unjust and impossible to understand, and it seems like now society has reached a point where finally the people in government are starting to listen. Protests are powerful — seeing these crowds of people in the streets, all situations, all ages, has shown how we can still come together to fight for what is right.
While we have been in listening mode this last week, we have been sharing a few resources we find useful on Instagram stories (saved in highlights). We hope everyone has been staying safe and finding a way to use their voice. Together we must move this country towards a place where justice is for all.
You may have seen this quote from writer Scott Woods on Instagram or Facebook — it is such a good explanation for why we all need to continuously work to examine our biases, no matter how “nice” we are or how good our intentions may be. (The quote is from this article.)
Here’s the deal with racism: Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
– Scott Woods, 2014
Here are a few links you might find interesting:
For those who might be new to the conversation about white privilege, this seminal essay on “unpacking the invisible knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh is from 1988, and I remember reading it in college.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been around for a while, but maybe it is different this time. (NYT)
Trump gives permission to police to be brutal, and this is what “law and order” without justice looks like. (Atlantic)
Wesley Morris on camera phone videos and a song that says “enough.” (NYT)
Sending courage to the peaceful protestors out there, and love to anyone that’s hurting. xo