This month, we’ve all witnessed history. Millions of people from across the nation—and around the world—are coming together to demand justice, safety, equality, recognition, and lasting change.
At Shelly Cove our goal is to learn as much as possible about anti-racism and make the necessary changes, as individuals and as a team, to affirm the struggle and value of Black lives.
So we’re getting educated on issues of systemic prejudice and the personal biases we all grow up with.
Where to Now?
While there’s still a long way to go, every journey starts with a single step. And then another. And another.
In fact, the biggest changes happen when millions of little changes add up together.
Lasting anti-racism starts with each of us and continues when we all come together.
That’s why we’ve taken inspiration from others, sharing their books, podcasts, videos, and films that encourage conversation about bias, race, and other justice issues.
It’s not exhaustive by any means, but all of them are opportunities to take another step.
As you listen and learn, try to ask questions like:
- “What else is there for me to learn?”
- “How does this connect to other issues?
- “Why didn’t I know this before?
- “How will this knowledge change me?
And if you encounter stories or opinions that make you uncomfortable, take a moment and ask “Why do I feel this way?”
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- A Terrible Thing To Waste: Environmental Racism And Its Assault On The American Mind by Harriet A. Washington
- From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
- “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- “America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer
- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
- ”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas
- The 1619 Project (all articles) | The New York Times Magazine
- The Combahee River Collective Statement
- “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
- “Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?” by Courtney Martin
- ”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
These issues don’t go away when the hashtags stop trending.
Let’s commit together to learning, listening, and doing the next right thing.
Progress and practice > perfection.
We’re willing to mess up, get informed, and keep pushing forward. Because our fellow humans are WAY too important.