“I need a love that is troubled by injustice. A love that is provoked to anger when Black folks, including our children, lie dead in the streets. A love that can no longer be concerned with tone because it is concerned with life. A love that has no tolerance for hate, no excuses for racist decisions, no contentment in the status quo. I need a love that is fierce in its resilience and sacrifice. I need a love that chooses justice.”
– Austin Channing Brown, in “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness,” as she addresses how White people can show up as allies to Black people.
When I read this passage, I was immediately reminded of the love of Jesus.. His love is unconditional, unbiased, non-discriminatory, and freely given to ALL. He calls us to stand up and speak out against racism and the injustices against BIPOC around the world. This is at the heart of His teachings.
I recommend starting with the workbook, “Me & White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad, as the first step to reflect on your own racism.
Besides the workbook, here are some pics of other books I’ve recently read and am happy to discuss. There are many more on my reading list and much work to do. This is a lifelong practice, not a trend or a hash tag. Be part of the change!
How to Be an Antiracist – Kindle edition by Kendi, Ibram X.. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner): Kendi, Ibram X.: 9781568585987: Amazon.com: Books
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism: DiAngelo, Robin, Dyson, Michael Eric: 9780807047415: Amazon.com: Books
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot: Kendall, Mikki: 9780525560548: Amazon.com: Books