BLACK LIVES MATTER
I WISH I NEVER HAD TO WRITE THIS POST. I WISH THAT THE LIVES OF SO MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS, LIKE GEORGE FLOYD AND BREONNA TAYLOR, WERE PROTECTED IN THE SAME WAY MANY AMERICANS TAKE FOR GRANTED. AROUND THE UNITED STATES, COMMUNITIES HAVE SHOWN UP DEMANDING THE IDEALS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY ARE MADE REAL, AT LAST. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL GO AWAY UNLESS WE WORK TO MAKE IT GO AWAY. SYSTEMIC RACISM WILL NOT DISAPPEAR IF WE DON'T ACKNOWLEDGE ITS PREVALENCE AND WORK TIRELESSLY TO CHANGE IT. SILENCE AND INACTION ALLOW SYSTEMIC RACISM TO CONTINUE. BEING JUST "NOT RACIST" FAILS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROLE RACISM PLAYS IN OUR SOCIETY. WE MUST BE ANTIRACIST. WE MUST SPEAK UP WHEN WE HEAR SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING WRONG. WE MUST EDUCATE OURSELVES AND THEN EDUCATE OTHERS. WE MUST TREAT OTHERS WITH KINDNESS. WE MUST SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. PAUSECIRCLEPLAY WAS FOUNDED ON THE IDEA OF SELF-REFLECTION. CHANGE STARTS WITH EACH OF US STOPPING, REFLECTING, AND THEN ADVANCING ON A MORE THOUGHTFUL PATH. ONLY WHEN WE WORK ON BETTERING OURSELVES CAN WE THEN WORK ON CREATING A KINDER SOCIETY. WHEN YOU SEE OR HEAR SOMETHING WRONG, SPEAK UP. WE HAVE COMPILED A LIST OF RESOURCES FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN EDUCATING THEMSELVES MORE ON SYSTEMIC RACISM. BOOKS WHITE FRAGILITY BY ROBIN DIANGELO HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST BY IBRAM X. KENDI WHITE RAGE BY CAROL ANDERSON THE NEW JIM CROW BY MICHELLE ALEXANDER MEDIA 13TH (MOVIE, AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX) “CODE SWITCH” BY NPR (PODCAST) 1619 BY NEW YORK TIMES SYSTEMIC RACISM EXPLAINED (SHORT VIDEO, AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION: CRASH COURSE PSYCHOLOGY (SHORT VIDEO, AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) ARTICLES WHO GETS TO BE AFRAID IN AMERICA? “WHITE PRIVILEGE: UNPACKING THE INVISIBLE KNAPSACK” JUNE 6, 2020