In my June Bucket List, I mentioned that I had the intention to “Do More. Share More.” and I have really taken that to heart. Mostly because I am fed up by witnessing that people can still get on national television and declare that systematic racism doesn’t exist. That the experience, oppression, and systemic degradation of a group of people is something that we have just made up. That we should get over something that continues to impact our everyday lives.
In truth, I have been wanting to create a post like this for a while, but I was dragging my feet. The stakes feel too high now. With the presidential election inching towards its conclusion, I feel the need to remind you that this election is beyond politics. It’s about trying to protect the rights–life–of so many around you.
Below are some resources that I have consumed this year. Some provide a crash course on how racism is rooted in our history, policy, and culture. Others provide insight into what it’s like to be Black in America. When I was consuming this content, I felt seen–like I wasn’t crazy or alone in some of my own experiences as a Black Women in the DC Area. In fact, most of the books on this list were reads for a book club that I’m a part of (thanks Hannah!) and it allowed me to process some of my experiences and digest the material in a safe space. I do recommend that you find a safe space of your own to process and talk the information out. It is not light work, but it is necessary work.