To my white friends looking for ways to better understand...
To my white friends looking for ways to better understand what is going on in our country, the anger of the black community, and how to be a better ally…
I’m with you. I get it.
18 months ago, I realized I was not as vocal as I wanted to be in my support for communities of color. I mean, let’s be honest. I’m never quiet - much to many people’s chagrin.
I was afraid.
Of getting it wrong. Of saying something stupid or offensive. Of making people angry.
So I decided to educate myself.
I have a long way to go and lots left to learn, but reading more helped me build the confidence to engage, ask questions, and screw up, learn more, and keep going.
Here are the books I’ve read that helped:
*** Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
*** Talking to Strangers by Malcom Gladwell
- Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
- More than Enough by Elaine Weltroth
- Heavy by Kiese Laymon
- There Will Be No Miracle Here by Casey Gerald
- How to be an antiracist by Ibram X Kendi (still working on this one)
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Any other recommendations?!