Things have been so heartbreaking recently. Not just recently, of course, but they seem so much WORSE right now. I have a small platform which, to me, means I have to use it for good. That means standing with our Black citizens unreservedly. There is a lot of work to do in this country and I mean by white folks. We have to educate ourselves, vote in people who will dismantle the systems that benefit us disproportionately, and do everything we possibly can to behave like decent human beings and responsible allies.
Here’s a small list of suggestions on how to get started:
Make a point of reading about racism. Robin DiAngelo’s WHITE FRAGILITY, Ijeoma Uluo’s SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE, or HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi are excellent titles. (This is by no means a comprehensive list. It’s just a few titles to give you an idea of where to begin.)
On whatever social media platform you use, follow Black educators and activists. These are the people who will share the things you most likely were NOT taught in history class as well as how you can help effect change for the better. They will also explain how little things have changed–for example, the horrifying rate of maternal death for Black women in American hospitals.
Donate to causes that support Black education and social justice.
Support Black creators and small-business owners.
And a gentle reminder: it is painful for people to share trauma and the Black community is deeply and historically traumatized. If you want to know things, Google them. Ask a white person who is putting in the work. Learn how to express support without adding your guilt or heartache to people who are full up with their own pain. Acknowledging the harm that has been done and continues to be done on a daily basis to this community is the first step to making things better.
To change gears completely, this feels wildly inappropriate to share just now, but I want to support the small businesses that are really feeling the hit of the pandemic restrictions. FoxTale Book Shoppe will be hosting a virtual event with me on June 2 at 6:30pm eastern for a chat about all things Veronica! You’ll have to register in advance here, but please join us.