First of all, I’d like to say: Black Lives Matter.
Second, I’d like to say that I haven’t been saying this loud enough.
Yes, I believe it. Yes, I can say it to my friends and family.
But so far, I haven’t been loud enough about it on the platforms I have created.
In the last couple of weeks, with the current protests happening about racial injustice and police reform, I have been listening, reading, and learning. A lot. I’ve learned a lot about myself … some of it ugly, some of it shameful.
I am having my eyes opened to my white privilege. I am realizing our country’s judicial system is seeped with white supremacy. I am being called upon to dismantle my own racial bias; the things that I am not conscious about. I am being called upon to be a voice for change and justice.
The Better Allyship Book Club
I’ve never run a book club. I’ve never even been in a book club. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that wasn’t a Star Wars novel. And I’ve never considered myself an “activist.”
But in the wake of these protests I ordered several books about white privilege and anti-racism, to educate better myself.
And I’ve spoken to a few friends who did the same, and wished there could be a space where we could talk about our shameful past and our hopeful future.
This is how the Better Allyship Book Club was formed. Because I have a lot of work to do on myself. And I want to be held accountable. And I want to give other people a space in which they can do the same.
The Better Allyship Book Club is open to anyone, regardless of race or gender, who is committed to the uncomfortable work of looking within ourselves and realizing we have been part of the racial injustice problem all along. That we have the power to overcome our ingrained beliefs and have the duty to educate others. Because we are committed to seeing real change in our country, in our lifetime.
Our July book is White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.
It’s never too late to join the group, even if it’s the middle of a month!
Wishing everyone love and light and peace and justice,