Updated Resources 6/28/20 (bottom)
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I did not expect to send another email this way, but leaving Sunday’s newsletter with recent events unsaid did not feel right, and I wanted to pass on a few resources and insights to possibly help make sense of all that does not make sense.
I think some meaningful conversations this week involved those talking about feelings of inadequacy and even insecurity about how to feel, act and even understand all that is happening in our city, country, and world with the recent arrest and death of George Floyd. We are helpless with COVID-19 but we had instructions on how to “do our part” to fight the escalation of the virus. This movement happening around us leaves many feeling helpless again, but also searching for ways to feel anything but helpless.
Understanding who you are, who you want to be, is all part of the process of self-love. Dahleen Glanton in the Chicago Tribune held up a mirror to many of us on Tuesday: https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/dahleen-glanton/ct-racism-white-people-george-floyd-20200531-tmdbj52ownc7fegdargh75k4qq-story.html
Here is a great list of resources if you are looking for “something” to do, whether it is to vote, read, organize, or educate: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234
And for those of you who want to keep reading:
Decolonizing mental health: The importance of an oppression-focused mental health systemhttps://calgaryjournal.ca/more/calgaryvoices/4982-decolonizing-mental-health-the-importance-of-an-oppression-focused-mental-health-system.html
Part 1 – Racial Reconciliation: Do White Therapists Talk to their White Clients about Race?
Part 2 – Racial Reconciliation: Inviting Curiosity to Resist Unintended Racism
New York Times series: A Conversation on Race
A mighty girl’s list of 60 bookshttps://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11056
I am a volunteer elected board member of NASW-IL and this is their list
Described as: Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- August 2020 Book Resist: 40 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice
- Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good
- The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon
- “Raising White Kids” by Jennifer Harvey
- “Stamped” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, which is a youth version of the original book on anti-racism by Ibram X. Kendi called “Stamped from the Beginning.”
- This article in USA Today covers a lot of open and honest questions about talking to children of all ages – https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/31/how-talk-kids-racism-racial-violence-police-brutality/5288065002/
June 2020 offered so many more quality resources. Here are some additional ones:
- This site offers visuals, books, webinars, trainings…. You can spend a lot of time on this site: https://www.socialwork.career/2020/06/anti-racism-resources-for-social-workers-and-therapists.html?fbclid=IwAR2kFPlm4xsKnQXNJgPcCu0iDLsjEDXz4mGHEwhjoPYgn7btfa-tn2HpAbE
- A friend of mine is a mom of an African American son and she wrote this blog recently. They live in Evanston: https://allonapostcard.blogspot.com/2020/06/whitebird-photo-by-karin-lindstrom.html?fbclid=IwAR22G_ib0CO1neLhNYt5D4U9BjueGd_VT7iphlPx1rqUrNxnuViwXy15Dv8
- There are a lot of strong words in (author of White Fragility) Robin DiAngelo’s recent talk with ETHS principal. One of my takeaways is: As a means to understanding racism, Dr. DiAngelo strongly suggests that all white people ask themselves over and over: What does it mean to be white? How does my race shape my life? Here is the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neV_GlvUGn4
I hope you are taking care of yourself. You are absorbing a lot of input. Make sure you have places to release and recharge.