Short Articles that are teaching me more about Black Americans’ experiences:
https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a32729943/marielle-hall-racing-to-stay-alive/ – Racing to Stay Alive
http://shellyearchambeau.com/blog/2020/6/1/the-question – The Conversation
Resources for Processing & Fighting Racial Injustice:
Additional Quotes for Food for Thought:
“The righteous are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.
We do justice when we give all human beings their due as creations of God.” – Timothy Keller
“The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.” – James Baldwin
“One discovers the light in the darkness, that is what darkness is for; but everything in our lives depends on how we bear the light. It is necessary, while in darkness, to know that there is a light somewhere, to know that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light. What the light reveals is danger, and what it demands is faith.” – James Baldwin
For Anti-Racist Newborns:
To act on our desires to live and model an anti-racist life, we must relentlessly pursue all manners of self-evaluation, reflection, and self-work. Whenever I find myself having to challenge a long held and incorrect, but strong view of myself, another, or a thing, I find myself having to do some self-talk. This means literally repeating regularly, daily, a different narrative or system in my head internally or out-loud (folks from various disciplines/walks of life will refer to similar cognitive behavioral concepts with words like affirmation, mantras, visualizations). Sometimes this takes months— sometimes years.
On a brain level, studies employing MRI scans have shown that when study participants receive or confront strongly held views at variance with their own such as their views on policy or race, the parts of their brains related to self-identity and negative emotions flare up.
It’s reasonable to expect that we will meet resistance and feel tension as we strive to become anti-racist in our lives, transform our communities, and be true peers of Black Americans, but we sometimes forget how often that resistance can come from our minds, our hearts— our own selves!
Changing the racial narratives and constructs of whole societies calls first for firmly, and radically changing the racial narratives in our brains.
I encourage you to take this note as a friendly call to action to begin some much required self-work as you begin to respond and and take action to support this movement.
I will look forward to continuing to do so as well.